Welcome to no 13 of 16 Reptile Roadshow Reptile Profiles – Brazilian Rainbow Boa – celebrating 16 years of Reptile Parties and Events
- Latin name: Epicrates cenchria cenchria
- The Brazilian rainbow boa is one of about 12 named subspecies of rainbow boa
- The Brazilian rainbow boa is a round-bodied terrestrial boa of medium build
- Brazilian rainbow boas are brown or reddish brown
- Rainbow boas are widespread throughout much of South America. Brazilian rainbow boas occur in the Amazon Basin, and in coastal Guiana, French Guyana, and Suriname and southern Venezuela.
- They live in humid woodland forests and can sometimes be found in open savannas.
- In the wild the diet consist of rodents, birds, and possibly some forms of aquatic life and lizards.
- Sexual maturity is usually reached in the first 2.5 to four years. Males may breed at four feet (1.2 m) and females at 4.5 feet (1.4 m).
- Gestation lasts about five months.
- A typical litter contains twelve to 25 babies.
- They have a life span of up to 20 years in captivity
- Rainbow boas are so named because of the iridescent sheen imparted by microscopic ridges on their scales, which act like prisms to refract light into rainbows.
- Like many snakes boas have relatively poor eyesight and rely on their sense of taste and smell
- In the wild these snakes would live on their own and only come together to mate.
- Rainbow Boas are sometimes referred to as Slender Boas, as they are not as heavy-bodied as most of the other members of the family Boidae.
- Reptile Roadshow has 1 Rainbow Boa
Reptile Roadshow celebrates going strong for 16 years. We hope you enjoyed this animal profile. This reptile is just one of many you can see at Reptile Roadshow events.
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