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Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
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Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentia
Superfamily:
Family: Boidae
Subfamily: Boinae
Genus: Boa
Species: B. constrictor
Subspecies: B. c. constrictor South American Boa
Subspecies: B. c. imperator Emperor's Boa
Subspecies: B. c. nebulosa Clouded Boa
Subspecies: B. c. orophias St. Lucia Boa
Subspecies: B. c. sabogae Pearl Island Boa
Subspecies: B. c. amarali Short-Tailed Boa
Subspecies: B. c. longicauda Long-Tailed Boa
Subspecies: B. c. melanogaster Black-Bellied Boa
Subspecies: B. c. occidentalis Argentine Boa
Subspecies: B. c. ortoni Peruvian Boa

Description: It can measure 18 feet in length although most measure on average at between 8 and 11 feet in length.

Location: South America.

Food: Small mammala (rodents (mice, rats)).

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Housing: It needs a long encloser, a 125 gallon aqurium with a secure top works good for a single snake of upto 8 feet in length but will require a larger housing of upto a 500 gallon for a full grown snake. Add in a hide spot in the housing so that it can have some privacy. Also it is sugested to add in at least 1 piece of driftwood for climbing and basking.

Feeding: Pre-killed rodents are best to be offered to a pet. It will prevent your pet getting injured from a bite wound, less chance of infections. It will also help reduce the normal striking out at prey, thus leading to less chances of it striking at you.

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Notes: There are several variations of boas that are bred in captivity for the pet trade, here are some of them.

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Albino: This is a white form that still shows signs of the regular markings in a pinkish hue.
Melanistic: This is a dark phase, it is the opposite of albinism.
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Salmon: This is similar to an albino snake but it has a pinkish color instead of white.
Snow: This is a very white snake, usualy showing a very dim if any pattern at all.
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South American Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor constrictor

Description: It is also known as the Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor (including the Suriname Red-Tailed Boa, the Guyanan Red-Tailed Boa, and the Brazilian Red-Tailed Boa).

Location: Central and northern South America.

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Emperor's Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor imperator

Description: It is also known as the Columbian Red-Tailed Boa. It resembles the Common Boa but has a cross mark on its snout.

Location: Northern Mexico through Central America and the northwestern Pacific coast of South America. .

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Clouded Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor nebulosa

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Location: The Lesser Antillean islands of Dominica.

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St. Lucia Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor orophias

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Location: The Lesser Antillean islands of St. Lucia.

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Pearl Island Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor sabogae

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Location: Saboga Island and Pearl Island in the Gulf of Panama.

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Short-Tailed Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor amarali

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Location: South America (southeastern Bolivia, southern Brazil).

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Long-Tailed Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor longicauda

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Location: TumbesProvince in northern Peru.

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Black-Bellied Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor melanogaster

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Location: Ecuador.

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Argentine Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor occidentalis

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Peruvian Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor ortoni

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Location: Ecuador.

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Columbian Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor

Description: Similar to the Common Boa Constrictor but having red in its markings as well as a red tail.

Location: South America (Columbia).

Food: Mammals (rodents (rats), rabbits).

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