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  • 1. Boa Constrictor Ben Potter Grade 6 Fessenden Public School
  • 2. Scientific Classification
      • Kingdom: Animalia
      • Phylum: Chordata
      • Subphylum: Vertebrata
      • Class: Reptilia
      • Order: Squamata
      • Suborder: Serpentes
      • Family: Boiade
      • Sub-Family: Boinae
      • Genus: Boa
      • Species: B. Constrictor
  • 3. Appearance
      • no legs
      • colouring varies
      • arrow-shaped head with distinctive stripes
      • 3-13 feet long
      • heavy bodied
          • weighing up to 60 lbs.
      • females larger than males
  • 4. Habitat
      • Rainforests and semi-desert
        • Prefers rainforests due to the humidity and temperature
        • hollow logs or abandoned mammal burrows
      • Mexico, Central America, South America, 
      • Lesser Antilles, Caribbean
  • 5. Life Cycle
      • breed in the dry season—between April and August
        • males may mate with multiple females
        • gestation period is approximately 100–120 days
      • Live Young
        • litter size varies between 10 and 65 young with an average of 25
        • independent at birth
      • Baby
        • grow rapidly for the first few years
        • shed regularly (once every one to two months)
      • Mature at 3-4 years
        • Adult size
        • Can breed
        • Shed less often (every 2-4 months)
      • Life Span: 20-35 years
  • 6. Diet
      • small rodents (rats, mice, birds, bats, lizards)
        • 4–6 days to fully digest the food
      • strikes at the prey, grabs it with its teeth, then constricts the prey until death before consuming it whole
      • ambush predators and will lie in wait for prey
        • known to actively hunt
    • may not eat for anywhere from a week to several months
  • 7. Predators
    • -humans
    • -jaguars
    • -crocodiles
  • 8. How Boa Constrictors contribute to the diversity of life
    • -regulates the opossum populations
        • preventing transmission of leishmaniasis to humans
    • -control the rodent populations
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  • 9. How do Humans impact the Natural Habitat of Boa Constrictors?
    • -Rainforests being cleared for lumber and human population
  • 10. What can be done to help Boa Constrictors survive?
      • stopping predation from humans for shoes, bags and other items of clothing
      • fall under CITES
        • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
        • ensure that trade does not threaten the species in the wild
  • 11. Other Facts
      • sense heat via cells in their lips
      • capable swimmer
      • often kept as an exotic pet
      • longest recorded Boa Constrictor measured 5.5 m (18 ft) long
      • can move in a straight line without curving the body
  • 12. References
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa_constrictor
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CITES
    • http://www.theanimalfiles.com/reptiles/snakes/boa_constrictor.html
    • “ Discovery Kids Snake” Kevin Fleury. Dutton Children’s Books New York 2001

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