Eastern rainbow boa

• Nome científico: Epicrates crassus
• Classe: Reptile
• Hábitos alimentares: Carnivore
• Status de conservação: Not evaluated


The rainbow boa constrictors that live in the São Paulo Aquarium came through an apprehension carried out by Ibama.

Informações gerais:

Rainbow boa constrictors, or salamantas, have this name because when exposed to the sun, they reflect the colors of the rainbow. They belong to the Boidae family - same as the boa constrictors and anacondas - so they are not venomous. In the past, only one species (Epicrates cenchria) with nine subspecies was recognized. However, in 2008 these subspecies were reorganized into five species, four of which occur in Brazil, including the Cerrados rainbow boa (Epicrates crassus)


From 20 to 30 years


In a natural environment, their food consists mainly of small animals such as birds and mammals, but also amphibians, lizards and eggs. At the São Paulo Aquarium, their diet consists mainly of small rodents.


1.6 m in length

Distribuição geográfica:

Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.


Although the Cerrados rainbow boa is not on the list of endangered species, it is targeted by the pet market, and thus ends up being a victim of animal trafficking, even though there are breeding sites legalized by Ibama.


It occurs in the Cerrado biome. It has twilight or nocturnal habits and are semi-arboreal.


They are viviparous, and their litters have an average of 15 to 20 young, reaching 31.

Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:

Freshwater sector