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Boa constrictor in Costa Rica

Boa constrictor

Boa constrictors are snakes common in Latin America, although they are also found in the South Pacific and on Madagascar, an island off Africa in the Indian Ocean. Boas can grow up to 16 feet long (5 meters) and feed on birds and small mammals.

Boas use constriction to kill their prey. The snake initially bites its prey and then wraps its body around the prey. The snake does not crush the prey, but suffocates it by not allowing it to breath.

Snakes do not chew their food. Snakes have a flexible lower jaw which allows them to open their mouths wide enough to swallow their prey whole, even if the prey is larger than the snake itself.

Boas are very popular in the pet trade.

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