Common Boa at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park
Although Boa Constrictors have good eyesight, they rely a lot on scent. They use their tongue to pick up scents around them, which are interpreted by the Jacobson’s organ on the roof of their mouth. They are usually solitary snakes, but are not aggressive towards each other and will often sleep in groups.
Boa Constrictors, unlike most other reptile species, hold their eggs inside them until the young hatch. This is called ovovivipary.
They can have up to 64 babies at a time, but around 25 is more common. Boa Constrictor young are born fully developed and are independent within minutes of birth.
They will eat anything they can swallow, so the type of prey depends on their own size. They catch their prey by striking and then very rapidly wrapping their body around it to constrict it. The prey is unable to expand their lungs to breathe and as a result are suffocated, before being eaten whole.
|Life span||20-30 years|
|Range||Central and South America|
|Diet||Mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians|
Boas know pretty much all they have to know about finding food and hiding when they are born and so they are on their own from birth
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