• Nome científico: Boa constrictor
• Classe: Reptile
• Hábitos alimentares: Carnivore
• Status de conservação: Not evaluated
Informações gerais:Boa constrictors are solitary animals and roam the ground or climbing trees in search of a hole or trunk for shelter. They are ectothermic animals (they depend on the heat of the environment to maintain their metabolism) and spend a good part of the day standing still warming up. The boa constrictors are not poisonous snakes, they have aglip teeth and to capture and kill their prey they constrict, that is, they use their size to curl up and squeeze their prey until they run out of air. When threatened, the species produces a noise that is characterized by the sound of air passing through the oral cavity, popularly called "boa constrictor breath" that is produced to intimidate any possible predator. After feeding, depending on the size of the prey, it can spend weeks on an empty stomach.
Longevidade:Between 20 and 30 years old.
Dieta:In the natural environment they feed on amphibians, reptiles, birds and small mammals. At the São Paulo Aquarium, their diet consists of rats, quails and rabbits.
Tamanho:4 meters long.
Distribuição geográfica:It is distributed in southern Mexico, throughout Central and South America.
Conservação:Hunting for their skin, meat and body parts affected the status of the population, along with this, the loss of habitat and deaths from being run over make it even more difficult to conserve this species.
Habitat:They mainly inhabit tropical forests, but can be found in a variety of environments, such as dry tropical forests and even a semi-desert environment.
Reprodução:The individuals are able to reproduce at about 3 years of age. Annually, the couples meet in the dry season and after mating, the gestation can take from 5 to 8 months to generate 10 to 64 puppies in a single litter. The females incubate the eggs inside their body and the chicks are born fully developed and are independent.
Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:Freshwater sector