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Rainbow Boa

Epicrates cenchria gaigei

Description:

Approximately 3.5 feet long with a lovely iridescent sheen under strong flashlight beam. Creamy white belly.

Habitat:

Mostly terrestrial, active mostly at night.

Notes:

Found this along a remote trail at the ACTS field station in Loreto Peru.

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20 Comments

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 7 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! Rainbow boas are so named because of the iridescent sheen created by microscopic ridges on their scales, which act like prisms to refract light into rainbows.

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LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

Gorgeous! Congratulations!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

beautiful, beautiful creature. great framing!

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 8 years ago

beautiful photo and snake. I love the iridescence.

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

Now that is one stunning photo of this snake. Congrats on your SOTD award.

David
David 8 years ago

What an amazing snake - and a stunning photo! A great representative of the amazing biodiversity in the Amazon!

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Stunning! Congrats!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow just fantastic Congratulations AmazonWorkshops!

patty
patty 8 years ago

Congratulations for the lovely spotting and I hope you are able to raise rainforest and environmental awareness and care.

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

Amazing spotting and congrats
waiting for more to come !

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Congrats Pam...I must be missed this beauty..!!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Wow..! Nice colors..:-)

Yasser
Yasser 8 years ago

This beautiful Rainbow Boa has been chosen to kick-off Amazon Awareness Week! We're looking forward to seeing more incredible biodiversity from the Amazon this week as we work together with the Amazon Rainforest Workshops team to spread awareness and encourage conservation. Help us spread the word!

"The colorful iridescent sheen captured in this photo is what gives the beautiful Rainbow Boa its fitting name."

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

That spiral rainbow iridescence in the fold of the snake simply blows me away!

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

They are one of my favorites snakes! They are really really beautiful, and I love the fact when they get hit by light you can see some shimmering reflections, just like the CD's!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Grate Photo

misako
misako 9 years ago

Beautiful!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Beautiful snake, and love how you were able to capture some of the rainbow colors..

AmazonWorkshops
Spotted by
AmazonWorkshops

Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Jul 7, 2010
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012

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