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Cuban boa

Cuban boa

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Scientific Name:

Chilabothrus angulifer


Cuba and adjacent islands.


Carnivore. birds, rodents, bats, lizards, small snakes.


Habitat: Rainforest, dry woodland, rocky habitats.


Gestation: ~4 months, 1-7  young


Social structure: Social


Weight: 27kg max


Dimensions: 2-4.8m


Lifespan:  22.6 max under human care


IUCN Status: Near Threatened


Estimated population in the wild: Unknown


Threats: Persecuted and killed on sight by local villagers to protect their poultry.


Did you know that:

  1. They are "ovoviviparous," meaning their eggs stay inside the mother's body until
  2. they're ready to hatch, after which she gives birth to live young.
  3. Recent research indicates that they hunt in groups, by taking coordinated positions in the entrance of caves in order to grab bats as they fly in and out of the cave. This way they make their hunting much more effective. This research was the first documented instance of deliberate pack behavior in snakes.

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