Boa Constrictor

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Many people are afraid of these muscular chaps. That’s not necessary. This boa constrictor is not poisonous and is not dangerous to humans. Rodents need to take care, however, because it is particularly partial to rats. It smells with its tongue and thus tracks its prey. The boa grabs hold of the front of its prey with its many teeth and rapidly wraps itself around the animal. It then tightens its grip, suffocating its prey. The boa constrictor can kill and eat animals many times bigger than itself. In order to be able to eat these animals, the snake has special jaws. The upper and lower jaws can be dislocated. It takes the boa about a week to digest its meal. But after that he can go a long time without food.

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  • Title: Boa Constrictor
  • Location: Mexico, Central and South America to northern Argentina, Antilles
  • Rights: Naturalis Biodiversity Center / CC-BY 4.0
  • Wetenschappelijke naam: Boa constrictor
  • Meer informatie: http://www.natuurinformatie.nl/ndb.wnf/natuurdatabase.nl/i000563.html
  • Lengte: 1 - 4 m
  • Klasse: Reptile
  • Gewicht: 14–28 kg
  • Eetgewoontes: Birds and mammals

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