National History Museum

New Boa constrictors for the live display

New Boa constrictors for the live display

The nearly 4-m-long female African Rock Python (Python natalensis) that was on display for many years, died in July 2010 after refusing to eat for some time. Owing to her popularity with the public it was decided to replace her with some other large constrictor. Boa Constrictors would be ideal for the display as neither their size nor feeding would be a problem. A male and a female Red-tailed Boa were duly purchased.

The Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) is one of the few animals whose common name is the same as its scientific name. It usually grows to about 2.5 m in length, although females may grow to 4 m, and weigh up to 27 kg.

The distribution of the species Boa constrictor extends from northern Mexico, southwards to Argentina north of 35° S. It also occurs on many islands along the coast of Mexico and South America. The Red-tailed Boa is the most commonly kept captive species.

It is sincerely hoped that the public will enjoy many pleasurable years of viewing our two new acquisitions.

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