Boa Constrictor

Scientific Name: Boa constrictor

These snakes are not venomous. They grab their prey with small, hooked teeth; wrap their bodies around their victims and constrict, or squeeze tightly, until the caught animal is dead.

  • Size: Weight: 60 to 100 pounds; Length: 72 to 158 inches
  • Diet: Birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and eggs
  • Habitat: Tropical, terrestrial forests or grasslands, rivers and streams
  • Range in the Wild: Central and South America, from Northern Mexico to as far South as Argentina and into Peru

Conservation Status

No special status.
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Photo by Joel Sartore