Rosy Boa Snake
Facts abot Rosy boa snake. "Scientific name for Rosy boa snake is Lichanura trivirgata". Rosy boa snake belongs to the boidae family. They are only two members in their family and native to United States. Rosy boa snakes are found in the Baja California, Mexico and Sonora. They are small attractive snakes with beautiful coloration.
Rosy boa snakes grow up to 30 inches (76 cm) in length. But there are some specimens especially the ones found on the Coast parts of California that reach to around 3 1/2 feet (1 meter) in adulthood. Their width is measured in a diameter of a golf ball and for adults they around that size.
The Rosy boa snakes that come from the Coastal Southern California have a rosy coloration on the belly and it is believed that their name is due to this factor. Majority of rosy boas have three longitudinal stripes. They are all located at the back in the center. One is down whereas the other two are on the lower sides.
The colors and the appearance of the stripes of the Rosy boa snake vary. You will find that the appearance maybe either straight, have a high contrast with inter-spaces or broken with no contrast inter-spaces. The colors are maroon, brown, orange or black. The inter-spaces also have different colors which are yellow, dark gray or tan.
Rosy boas love rocky and volcanic places. In case where there are no rocks, they tend to hide in rodents burrows. The Rosy boa snake spend most of their lives beneath these rocks to escape from their predators.
Their activities entirely depend on the weather patterns. Mostly they are dormant in winter and become active in summer. During winter their bodies don’t function at all. The Rosy boa snake are rarely seen because they go in a dormant state which is referred to as brumatioin.
The spring season is breeding time and mostly the highest period that they engage in various activities. At this time they leave their rocks to go out looking for mates. Again, during this period they normally hunt for their prey or look for new territories.
Any time of the day, Rosy boa snakes can be seen moving around. They don’t have any specific hours that they emerge from their rocks. But generally, rosy boas are more active at night and sleep during the day. This is proven by the fact that they live in very dry areas and so they would love to stay dehydrated as much as possible.
Rosy boa snakes are considered to be the slowest species of snakes around the world. This explains why they don’t know how to pursue their prey. But they have a surprising accuracy that is very effective when they strike once their prey is within their reach. At that moment they move very fast and grab their prey using their sharp needle like teeth.
Mostly the Rosy boa snake prey small mammals, bird, lizards, deer, mice and kangaroo rats. They barely bite even when they threatened. In fact the Rosy boa snake have a tendency of rolling and forming a ball like shape with the head at the centre as a way of defending themselves.
Rosy Boas bear live young ones that are about six in a brood. The newborns measure around 12 inches in length.