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New Guinea Viper Boa

New Guinea Viper Boa

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Scientific Name:

Candoia aspera


New Guinea, Moluccas and Solomon Islands


Carnivore. Frogs, lizards, rats and mice


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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