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New Guinea Viper Boa

New Guinea Viper Boa

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Scientific Name:

Candoia aspera


Distribution

New Guinea, Moluccas and Solomon Islands


Diet:

Carnivore. Frogs, lizards, rats and mice


Facts

Habitat: Rainforest, coconut plantations close to water sources.

 

Gestation: ~9 months, 10-15 young

 

Social structure: Solitary  

 

Weight: ~1kg

 

Dimensions: 60-90cm

 

Lifespan: 9.9 max under human care

 

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

 

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown

 

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

 

Did you know that:

  1. Their small size, their chubbiness and triangular head shape makes them resemble like a viper and gives them their name "viper boa". Τhis is the reason why many are killed out of fear although they are truly harmless.
  2. They are ovoviviparous, giving birth to live snakes.



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