Common Boa or Boa Constrictor
The common boa, native to Central and South America, is a large snake that kills its prey by constriction. Although it prefers small mammals such as rodents and bats, it also eats birds, amphibians, lizards, iguanas, and other snakes. Common boas inhabit forested areas, savannahs, farmlands, and suburbs. They can be found on the ground or in trees.
There are a variety of species and subspecies in the genus Boa. This report focuses on the ones most common in the pet trade, Boa constrictor constrictor, (also known as “red-tailed boa”) and Boa constrictor imperator. Frequently sold in the pet trade as juveniles (18–22 inches), these animals can grow to more than 30 feet in length. As adults, they represent a potential threat to humans, particularly small children.