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
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 >
Seventy percent of snakes begin their lives growing inside of eggs, while the other 30 percent are born live. Some mothers leave, while others stay with their eggs until they hatch. This process is called brooding.Full Answer >
Cobras begin life as hatchlings, emerging from eggs, and may live up to 20 years in the wild. Female cobras are the only snake species to provide a nest for their offspring. Females produce a cluster of eggs each year, called a clutch, and remain with their young until they hatch, guarding them from predators and keeping them warm through incubation.Full Answer >
A Dumeril's boa is a non-venomous boa constrictor species native to Madagascar. The large, ground-dwelling snake grows to about 6.5 feet in length and has a brown, tan and black pattern, with some snakes exhibiting pink or copper coloration.Full Answer >