Jamaican Boa

Epicrates subflavus

Jamaica's Largest Terrestrial Predator

This arboreal reptile is likely to be found in the trees but is well hidden due to its color variation across their scales.

About the Species

As an ambush predator, these boas will remain motionless until their prey is within reach. They'll strike swiftly with their fang-like teeth and coil prey with its muscular body.

Jamaican boas hunt primarily at night; during the day they may be found hiding among dense foliage , trees, or rocky burrows. Sometimes they will be seen in the early morning basking on rocks to raise their body temperature.

Words From the Experts

Quotes

These snakes have great camouflage, but look closely—you're likely to find them resting in the trees.

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Did You Know?

These snakes are endemic to Jamaica but that includes Goat Island on the southwest coast of the mainland.

Facts

Origin

Jamaica

Habitat

Variety of forest and woodland habitats

Size

1.5–2.5 meters (5–8 feet)

Diet

Rodents, bats and birds

Predators

Cats, pigs, dogs and mongoose

Natural Defenses

Needle-like teeth and strong constriction

Reproduction

Eggs retained for 6 months then up to 44 hatchlings at a time

Status

Vulnerable

Life Expectancy

Up to 30 years in human care

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