Boa
Boa
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ABout Boa

WHEN SOME BOA SPECIES WANT TO MATE, SEVERAL MALES COIL AROUND A FEMALE IN A BALL AND WRESTLE WITH ONE ANOTHER FOR UP TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE ONE WINS OR THE FEMALE MAKES A CHOICE.

The largest member of the boa family, the Green Anaconda, can reach lengths of up to 29 feet and can weigh over 500 lbs., making it the largest snake by weight. The Boa lives in rain forests, swamps, woodlands, grasslands, savannas, and semi-desert scrublands in Western North America, Central America, South America, Africa, Madagascar, Western Asia, and Pacific Islands. They have long, cylinder-shaped narrow bodies, variations in color and small heads.

Who’s at the Zoo: Rainbow boa, Kenyan sand boa and Mexican rosy boa

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
16 in. to 30 ft.
Can weigh up to 280 pounds
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Native Region
North, Central, and South America; Asia, Madagascar, Pacific Islands
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Eating Habits
Rodents, birds, lizards, frogs, small mammals
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Conservation Status?
Least concern
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Where are they at the Zoo?
The Boa is located in the Desert Dome.
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