Common boa constrictor
One of the most popular snakes in the terrariums of reptile lovers around the world.
The common boa constrictor is a large snake, reaching 2.5-3 m, up to 5.5 m. Females are usually larger than males. The weight of the largest specimens can reach 27 kg, but usually females weigh 10-15 kg.
It is distributed in South and Central America and the Lesser Antilles. Boa constrictor inhabits moist forests and river valleys, dry shrub thickets, rises to the middle belt of mountains. Boas are usually found near rivers and streams and swim superbly. They are active mainly at dusk and at night. Young, lighter snakes are excellent at climbing trees, with age and weight gain, they hunt more often on the ground. They feed on small mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles.
The method of birth of small boas is called oviposition. Babies are born after about five or seven months of pregnancy.
The average life expectancy of the imperial boa constrictor in conditions of home detention is approximately 10-12 years.
Reproduction of the common boa constrictor occurs during the dry season from April to August. These snakes are polygamous, so 1 male can mate with several females. Pregnancy lasts 5-6 months, after which live cubs are born. They appear in the egg shell, which immediately breaks. Up to 40 cubs are born with a size of about 45 cm . After a week, the young boas molt and then begin to feed themselves.
Puberty in captivity occurs at the 3rd year of life, while males should be more than 1.5 m, and females – 1.8 m.
Boas live up to about 20 years.