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Boa constrictor

Boa constrictor

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DAVID AUBREY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID AUBREY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor). This snake inhabits forests, scrubland and even deserts in Central and South America. It is mainly nocturnal, emerging at night to hunt mammals, birds and lizards. It hunts by detecting its prey using heat-sensitive scales. The boa constrictor can reach a length of over five metres, although this is rare. It does not have its own venom, instead it kills its prey by constriction: wrapping its muscular body around it and crushing it until it dies. It makes a popular pet, and has been domesticated in some regions in order to control rat populations.

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