Abaco Island Boa

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Abaco Island Boa
Conservation status: Secure
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Boidae
Subfamily:Boinae
Genus:Epicrates
Species:E. exsul
Binomial name
Epicrates exsul
Netting & Goin, 1944

The Abaco Island Boa is a slender, terrestrial, viviparous boa with an iridescent reddish sheen of the scales. It grows up to 80 cm long. It feeds on small mammals, birds and lizards. As a member of the rainbow boas (genus Epicrates), it belongs to the family of the true boas (Boidae).

Other common name : Northern Bahamas Boa.

Distribution

On the Great Abaco Island, Bahamas.


Literature :

Dirksen, L. & M. Auliya (2001): Zur Systematik und Biologie der Riesenschlangen (Boidae). -Draco, Münster, 2(1): 4-19.

McDiarmid etc. (1999): Snake species of the world, v.1.

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