The life cycle of a boa constrictor consists of the baby stage and the reproductive stage. Female boas bear live offspring that survive independently from birth. Newborn boas immediately hide and begin hunting for food. Boas reach sexual maturity between 2 and 4 years of age and lead solitary lives unless they are breeding.Know More
Boa constrictors live in a variety of habitats from tropical forests to semi-deserts. They are good climbers and spend much of their time in trees where their prehensile tails help them climb.
Boas use an ambush method to stalk their prey. When hunting, they stay still and hidden, flicking the air with their tongues to catch the scent of their prey. Boas also use heat-seeking scales around their mouths to sense when their dinner is near. Once the boa locates its prey, it bites and holds with its teeth while wrapping its body around the victim. Boas do not have fangs or venom, but have many small teeth to perform this task. When the snake has coiled its body several times around the prey, it squeezes the coils tighter and tighter until the animal suffocates. Boas unhinge their jaws to swallow their prey whole. These snakes primarily feast on lizards, birds, bats and rodents.Learn more about Snakes
The life cycle of a whale consists of three stages: the baby stage, the adolescent stage and the adult stage. The duration of each stage varies widely based on each whale species.Full Answer >
In 2014, few albino leopard boa constrictors are available for sale, so each snake costs about $5,000. This subtype of specialty boa was first bred by Tom Burke, boa morph specialist, around 2005. In 2008, the double heterozygous trait was once again bred by Burke and another breeder, Vin Russo.Full Answer >
The Nicaraguan boa is a Central American boa subspecies. These boas reach up to 12 feet in length and weigh around 13 pounds, with females generally observed being larger and heavier than males. Nicaraguan boas live up to 30 years in the wild or 40 years in captivity.Full Answer >
Female Colombian boas can reach a length of 10 feet, although most grow to no more than 8 feet in length. Males are smaller and typically reach a length between 5 and 7 feet. Central American varieties grow smaller but are less likely to be docile due to breeding.Full Answer >