boa constrictor constrictor
20 years in the wild; 40 years under human care
|Number of young at birth:||
30 on average
|Age of maturity:||18 mo-3 years|
Females 7-9 ft, Males 6-8 ft
Females, the larger sex, usually weight 20-30 lbs
|Size at birth:||
Around 24 in long
|Description:||Typically tan with approximately 20 dark dorsal saddles running the length of the body. The tail blotches are usually red, orange or brown with black edging. Laterally there are tan, brown or black blotches (circular or diamond shaped) spaced along the saddles. Undersides are yellowish, spotted with black.|
- Range from the Sonoran desert in Mexico through Central America and outlying islands, to far northern Peru.
- May forage in the trees but are mainly terrestrial and live in hollow logs, mammal burrows, etc.
- Eat rodents, birds, iguanas, and monkeys
- The boa’s loosely hinged jaws can be stretched far apart, enabling it to swallow animals with bodies much larger in diameter than the boa’s head.