How Does a Boa Constrictor Hunt?
by Aloniab Gezae, age 7
Do you like snakes? Hopefully you do because today you will be learning about a snake called the boa constrictor!
Boa constrictors are big and dangerous. They eat mice, rats, lizards, and birds. The lifespan of a boa constrictor in captivity can be up to 40 years! That’s a long time! Boa constrictors can swim and like living near rivers and lakes, specifically inside rainforests in South and Central America.
Boa constrictors can weigh up to 33 pounds and measure between six and twelve feet in the wild. In captivity, can weigh up to 66 pounds. The boa constrictor has the ability to camouflage, this makes it hard for predators and for prey to see the snake. The snake's tongue and mouth work together to detect smells. The snake’s eyes are small but can see very well at night, this helps them find food.
The snake does what its name says … it constricts when it is hunting! See how amazing this snake is? I hope you enjoyed learning about the boa constrictor!
[Source: Snakes and Reptiles: The Scariest Cold-Blooded Creatures On Earth]