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Boa Constrictor

Boidae, Boa constrictor imperator

Description:

A Boa crossing my Street to a Farm, 3 meters long but very skinny and the head was very small, notice how camouflaged it is in the dirt...? The last one I saw was the same size but with a huge head and and very thick body at least 4 times thick...

Habitat:

Gallery Forest. 900 Meters-3000 feet above sea level, next to Tanaca National Park, a Pasture , and in a Garden with Endemic trees, plants and flowers of Costa Rica.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Tukup
Tukup 2 years ago
Central American Boa
Boa constrictor imperator Boa Species & Subspecies | ReptiFiles Red-Tailed Boa Care Guide


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Thank you so much Tukup...I always research all the ID suggestions...That is why I asked about the Red Tail.... : )
Thank you so much for the ID

Tukup
Tukup 2 years ago

I blew up the picture of your snake and am second-guessing myself now. I was thinking "Ecuador" and not "Costa Rica." Looking at the Link I've now put in the corrected ID suggestion, I would say it is an Boa c. imperator, as the red-tail isn't found in Costa Rica. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for making me double check my suggestion. If I were you I'd write me a "nasty" comment telling me to be more accurate next time :-) Thanks Gilma.

Tukup
Tukup 2 years ago

Even as I'm looking at the differences, I found a site that gives a good description of the subspecies. It is making me question my call on your snake. I was thinking "Ecuador" not "Costa Rica." According to this site, the Red-tail isn't found in Costa Rica. I tried checking before and didn't find this information. Blowing up your picture and looking at the following site, I think the Boa constrictor imperator is probably the one you show. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for making me double check my suggestion. I would suggest changing the subspecies and sending me a "nasty" comment for my inaccuracy :-)

https://www.reptifiles.com/red-tailed-bo...

Tukup
Tukup 2 years ago

The Boa Constrictor's colors are generally light brown or tan with dark brown splotches. The darkness of the brown/tan varies as does the size of the splotches. In the Boa constrictor constrictor (Red-tail), the brown splotches on the tail become a bright chestnut or "reddish-brown color" while in the Boa constrictor imperator, they are the same dark brown the length of the snake and lack any reddish hue. One has been called "Red-tail" to differentiate it from the other. In the Ecuadorian Amazon we have the Red-tail, on the Ecuadorian coast they have the Imperator. Many pictures on the internet are mis-labeled. Here's a link that may show the "reddish" color better.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c...

Tukup...Why are they called "Red Tailed" I did not see any red or different color on the tail?

Thank you so much Tukup. Not a pet, I have been told by my neighbors we have plenty of them...It makes sense I think it is a younger snake.

Tukup
Tukup 2 years ago

Nice catch Gilma. Would this be a wild one or an escaped "pet?" The small head would indicate a young snake. Many time "skinny" snakes have large heads indicating an older snake in poor health. Thanks for sharing.

Alfaro, Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Mar 15, 2019
Submitted on Mar 18, 2019

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