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Jamaican boa

Epicrates subflavus

Jamaican boa

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.

Animal class
Reptile

Habitat
Forests and woodlands

Diet - Carnivore
Jamaican boas eat rodents, rats and small birds.

Size
The Jamaican boa can be 1.5 – 2.3 metres in length and weigh up to 5 kilograms.

Location
Jamaican boas can be found on the island of Jamiaca situated in the Carribean Sea.

Conservation status
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.

Threats
The Jamaican boa has lost 90 per cemt of its habitat. Human persecution and the introduction of cats and dogs are also threats.

Current population
The population status of the Jamaican boa is unknown.

Zoo population
There is a European Breeding Programme (EEP) for the Jamaican boa. There are around 150 Jamaican boas currently in zoos around the world.