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Boa Constrictor, Red-tailed Boa

Boa constrictor

Description:

This beautiful boa is about nine feet long and four inches+ wide at its thickest point. It had just started its molt, and the skin on its head was becoming detached (see eye in photo #5). The spots near its tail are colored brightly, resulting in its alternate name, Red-tailed Boa.

Habitat:

It wandered out of the rain forest one night (the three dark photos) onto the lodge grounds where I was staying along the Amazon River, and bagged until morning so that guests could see it when it was released, unscathed, the next day (#1 photo above).

Notes:

This is one of the few species whose common name, Boa constrictor, is the same as its specific name.

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Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.52, Long: -72.34

Spotted on Dec 28, 2010
Submitted on Jan 28, 2016

Reference

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