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Boa constrictor

By Jessie Cohen Map showing tropical forests, grasslands habitats in Mexico, Central and South America


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Genus and species: Boa constrictor

One of the boa constrictor's favorite meals is bats. The snake catches this flying prey by hanging from trees and grabbing the bats out of the air. The boa can then constrict the bats as it would any other prey—usually birds and rodents.

Boa constrictors are a particularly large species of snake, averaging 13 feet in length. The largest recorded boa was 18 feet long.

Females are ovoviviparous, which means that the mother produces live young.

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