The Jamaican boa is nocturnal, hunting for its prey at night. It uses its forked tongue to detect chemicals signals from the prey.
It waits motionless and ambushes the prey by biting into the body with its needle like teeth.
Females select their mate in the breeding season by the smell of the mate. Females can give birth to up to 44 young in October.
Forests and woodlands
Diet - Carnivore
Jamaican boas eat rodents, rats and small birds.
The Jamaican boa can be 1.5 – 2.3 metres in length and weigh up to 5 kilograms.
Jamaican boas can be found on the island of Jamiaca situated in the Carribean Sea.
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) considers the Jamaican boa to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
The Jamaican boa has lost 90 per cemt of its habitat. Human persecution and the introduction of cats and dogs are also threats.
The population status of the Jamaican boa is unknown.
There is a European Breeding Programme (EEP) for the Jamaican boa. There are around 150 Jamaican boas currently in zoos around the world.