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Cuban tree boa

Epicrates angulifer

Cuban tree boa

The Cuban tree boa, as the name suggests, spends a lot of time in the trees.

This critically endangered snake is very much a solitary animal with poor eyesight. They use their tongues to ‘smell’ the air instead. Once they catch their prey, they do not kill with their teeth. Instead, they coil around their victim and squeeze, preventing the prey’s organs from functioning and suffocating them.

Habitat
Rainforests

Diet - Carnivore
Cuban tree boas eat mainly rodents.

Size
The average Cuban tree boa is up to four metres long.

Location
As their name suggests, Cuban tree boas are found in Cuba and its surrounding islands.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes the Cuban tree boa to be critically endangered.

Threats
Threats to the Cuban tree boa include natural disasters and being killed by humans, who view them as a threat to livestock.

Current population
Exact figures are unknown.

Zoo population
165 Cuban tree boas are living in zoos throughout the world.