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Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria)

  • These snakes are indigenous to the lush forests of Brazil and bordering countries
  • Although mostly terrestrial, they have been found in trees, and in captivity some will climb if given the opportunity
  • They typically have a red to maroon background color with black-bordered “crescents” which are often a bright orange
  • Rainbow boas get their common name as a result of the spectacular iridescence they display when viewed in good light
  • In addition to the Brazilian form, rainbow boas from Colombia, Argentina, and Guyana are sometimes offered for sale
  • Adult size can range from just over 4 feet to monstrous specimens measuring nearly 7 feet
  • As with all boas, rainbows are long lived, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live in excess of 25 years. Brazilian rainbow boas have been reported to live nearly half a century in captivity, although this would certainly be an exception rather than the norm
  • In the wild this snake feeds on a variety of warm-blooded vertebrates

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