Boa Constrictor Facts
The boa constrictor can be found in Mexico and through Central and South America. The boa constrictor is non-venomous, instead killing their prey by attacking and suffocating them they tend to eat it whole. It is also possible for these snakes to bite as a threat to predators. As carnivores, they mainly feed on small mammals like bats and birds, as well as rats, squirrels, and opossums. They are nocturnal and will feed at night, hanging from the branches of trees to seek out prey with their heat sensitive scales. Mating occurs every other year from April until August, with birth occurring five to seven months later
Boa Constrictor Bites
These snakes are not venomous, but their bites are still incredibly painful, so you should seek medical care if you’re attacked by one. Instead of elongated fangs, a boa constrictor has rows of curved teeth that are all the same size. They are constantly being replaced so it always has the ability to bite.
Boa Constrictor Infestation
Unless you’re in an environment where boas are common, you probably won’t need to get rid of them. However, removing food sources like rodents and other small mammals will keep them from coming around. Reducing shrubs and trimming grass will reduce their shelters. Sealing any openings in structures around your property will also be essential to keeping them out of your hair. However, if these snakes can be kept as pets, you won’t have much to worry about as long as you exercise caution.
Boa constrictors are often spotted along rivers and streams or found wrapped around tree branches when they’re out foraging for food. They may decide to burrow in the dens of medium- sized mammals. The boa constrictor prefers to sun itself in open areas and commonly shed their skin around their nesting site.
Boa Constrictor Identification
Boa constrictors can range in length from 20 inches when they are born to 13 feet long as adults. Their bodies vary in color from brown, grey, or cream with reddish brown streaks, helping them to easily camouflage in the wild.
Boa Constrictors In The Garden & The House
Unless you live in a tropical rainforest, you probably will not find a boa constrictor in your home. It’s common for them to live in wooded areas, dry tropical forests, and desert-like areas, but in the wild, they aren’t found in North America. However, they are hugely popular in the exotic pet trade, so you might see them keeping some critter connoisseurs company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are boa constrictors poisonous?
There are not many negative impacts that boa constrictors have on humans. They would only attack a human in self-defense. However, it is still possible for boa constrictors to wrap themselves around their owners and strangle them, so extreme caution should be used if they are being considered as a pet, especially if children are involved. When it’s time to feed them, never do it alone. Always have at least one other person in the room, should the snake get nervous or excited and try to defend itself.
Benefits of Professional Boa Constrictor Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a boa constrictor problem. Finding and treating the boa constrictors can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the boa constrictor infestation.