Jamaican Boa Epicrates subflavus

A strong grip! Just like other snakes, the Jamaican boa seeks out prey by detecting chemical signals with its forked tongue. It then ambushes prey, holding it in place with its strong teeth and tightening its grip with each exhalation of the prey. The prey is then swallowed whole.

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ORIGIN:
Jamaica

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HABITAT:
Forests

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Up to 11 lbs
Length: 5-10 ft

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DIET:
Rodents, bats, birds, lizards and frogs

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PREDATORS:
Mongooses, pigs, cats and dogs

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Camouflage and sharp teeth

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay 5-44 eggs at one time

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THREATS:
Habitat loss and introduction of non-native species

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 30 yrs

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Melbourne, FL 32940

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