Today at Light Future Art, we’re going to slither into the world of boa constrictors and share some fun facts about this amazing snake. Many of them you may never have heard of before!
1. Boa constrictor is both the common name for this snake and its scientific name, as well. All snakes in the Boa genus constrict their prey but there is only one species called the Boa constrictor.
2. With an average-sized meal for a boa constrictor, digestion can take over a week to complete. During this time, they don’t move much as a lot of energy is going towards digestion. After digesting such a meal, they don’t need to eat for 2 to 3 weeks again.
3. Though they are reptiles, boa constrictors give live birth to their offspring. Instead of incubating the eggs in a burrow or burying them, the mother boa constrictor keeps the eggs inside of her until they are ready to hatch.
4. Boa constrictors are great at swimming but they prefer not to. They tend to stay on land and live in burrows or hollow logs. They are also arboreal and spend a good deal of time slithering through the trees.
5. Some boa constrictors live in rainforests, but most of them stick to less dense areas and have even been found in scrub brush and desert environments.
6. Clutches of young boa constrictors can be as small as 20 babies or as many as 50. The known record for the largest clutch was 77 offspring!
7. The larger the boa constrictor, the louder the hiss. The hiss of some of the largest boa constrictors can be heard from over 100 feet away.
8. Some boa constrictors are capable of having a virgin birth, or birthing offspring asexually, without the need for a mate. This process is called parthenogenesis and is common in some reptiles, though very rare with boa constrictors.
9. Boa constrictors can sense heat with scales around their mouths. This doesn’t mean that they can just feel whether or not something is hot or not like humans can. They have a sixth sense, like infrared vision but non-visual, and use this ability to find prey and determine where to bite.
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10.In combat with other snakes, the boa constrictor balls up their tail to make it look like another head. This tends to distract the other snake and the boa constrictor can then attack to defend themselves.
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