Brazilian Rainbow Boa
Scientific Name: Epicrates cenchria
Size: Up to 6 feet in length
IUCN Red List Status: Unknown
Current Population Trend: Unknown
soft-skinned boa has beautiful, iridescent skin. Tiny ridges on the
scales act as prisms to refract light and create a rainbow-colored
effect. Brazilian rainbow boas are brown or reddish brown snakes with
three parallel black stripes on the top of the head and large black
rings down the back that give the appearance of dorsal blotches. The
round lateral blotches are black with an orange or reddish crescent
across the top. There is a great deal of variation in color and marking
among this species. Adult males have substantially larger spurs along
the side of the vent and have noticeably thicker bases of their tails.
Brazilian rainbow boas are a medium sized, round-bodied terrestrial boa and range from 4 to 6 feet in length. The head is not particularly large, but it is distinctly wider than the neck.
The Brazilian rainbow boa is found in the Amazon River basin, coastal Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and southern Venezuela. A primarily terrestrial boa, it lives in humid woodland forests and can sometimes be found in open savannas.
In the wild, their diet consists of rodents, birds and possibly some forms of aquatic life and lizards. Like other boas, the Brazilian rainbow boa is non-venomous. To capture and consume meals, they ambush and constrict their prey. In captivity, they are fed rats.
Sexual maturity in Brazilian rainbow boas is determined by length rather than age. Males may breed at 4 feet and females at 4.5 feet; they usually reach these sizes between 2.5 to 4 years of age. Females eat more and grow larger than males.
They may live up to 20 years in captivity.