Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor

Check out Australia Zoo’s Boa Constrictors!

Be sure to get up close with our beautiful red-tailed boa constrictors in Bindi’s Tree House, right here at Australia Zoo. Make sure you also keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team as you might just be lucky enough to touch and fall in love with them just as much as we have!

 

Boa Constrictor being held by a zookeeper looking at camera.

 

Found throughout the Americas, these non-venomous, nocturnal hunters are well known for their method of subduing prey. You guessed it, they constrict! Targeting small mammals, birds and bats, boa constrictors will use their tongue to gather sensory information. Once prey has been located, they can strike up to two-thirds of their body length. Crikey! Once the animal has been ambushed and secured in the boa’s mouth, it will begin to constrict its prey by wrapping around it in order to kill and swallow it whole. A large food item can take up to six days to digest completely.

 

Boa Constrictor being held by a zookeeper close up of their head and tongue.

 

Being a semi-arboreal species, these gorgeous snakes will spend most of their time in trees, hiding from predatory birds during the daylight hours. During cooler temperatures, they will occasionally come out during the day to sun themselves.

 

Boa Constrictor wrapped around itself hanging.

 

Red-tailed boa constrictors can be victim of the illegal pet trade. However, wild populations are flourishing and they are not listed as a species of concern. You little beauty!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Boa

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    constrictor

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    1.8 - 2.5 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    10 - 15 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    105 days

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