Brazilian Rainbow Boa Snake
Facts about Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake. "Scientific name for Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake is Epicrates cenchria cenchri". Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake is an Epicrates type of snake that belongs to the Boidae family. The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes are native to South and Central America. These are terrestrial snakes that are recognized for their gorgeous iridescent shine due to the structural coloration. The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake attains its name due to the iridescent shine conveyed by minute ridges on their scales, which act similarly to the prisms to spread light into rainbows. The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes are one among the 12 named subspecies of the Boidae family. These snakes are common all through many parts of South America. They are largely found in the Amazon River Basin, and in French Guyana and Suriname, coastal Guiana, and in the southern parts of Venezuela. Usually, the Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes live in humid woodland forests and can occasionally be seen in open savannas.
Features of Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake
The Brazilian Rainbow Boa is a medium size terrestrial snake that attains a maximum body length of six feet (1.8 meter) when fully grown. The head of these snakes is not particularly big, but it is noticeably broader than the neck. It is a flexible-skinned snake, with immense iridescence in its skin. The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes have a reddish brown or brown color body. They have three parallel black color lines on the top of their head and big black color rings along the back that offer them the look of dorsal blotches. The circular lateral blotches are black in color, with a reddish or orange crescent diagonally the top.
There is plenty of difference in marking and color between Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake varieties. The Brazilian Rainbow Boa is considered to be one among the most stunning snakes of the world. Adult male Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes have considerably larger spurs than the females down the side of the vent and also contain distinctly thicker bases of their tail, owing to the invaginated hemipenes.
The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake does not boast any extraordinary status. The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake varieties can be seen naturally across much of the northern parts of South America. This variety of snake was exported in reasonable numbers from Suriname during the last part of the 1980s and the beginning of 1990s. Currently, these snake varieties are being exported in much more restricted quantities and nearly all specimens offered for auction today are confined bred.
Diet of Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake
The Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake mostly feeds on birds, rodents and perhaps some forms of marine life and lizards in the wild. In the captive, they are fed with chicks and rats.
Reproduction of Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake
Usually, the Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes attain their sexual maturity after 2.5 years to 4 years of their birth. Male snakes normally breed when they attain the body length of four feet (1.21 meters), whereas the females breed when they attain the body length of 4 1/2 feet (1.4 meters) Generally, the gestation period takes approximately five months. Newborn Brazilian Rainbow Boa snakes are born live in litters, ranging from 2 to 35. A usual litter includes 12 to 25 babies, and they born with a body length that ranges from 15 inches (38 CM) to 20 inches (50 cm). Female babies seem to consume more and grow bigger than male babies.
The average lifespan of the Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake is 10 years in the wild, whereas in the captive, they live up to 20 years.