Boa Constrictor is a large, non-venomous snake that can grow up to 13 feet in length. It has a heavy body, a triangular head, and a tail that is thicker than its body. It is typically found in tropical forests, but can also be found in grasslands, savannas, and deserts. Boa Constrictors can live up to 30 years in the wild and up to 40 years in captivity. The current population of Boa Constrictors is stable, but they are threatened by habitat destruction and illegal pet trade.
Name Origin: The name Boa Constrictor is derived from the Latin words "bos" meaning "ox" and "constrictor" meaning "to squeeze". This is in reference to the snake's ability to constrict its prey. The name was first used in 1768 by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his book Systema Naturae.
Related Species: Python regius, Epicrates cenchria, Eunectes murinus, Corallus hortulanus