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

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