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The Cuban Boa is native to Cuba.
They eat birds, lizards and small mammals including bats.
They are ovoviviparous, producing 4-10 young.
Cuban Boas live above 11 years
About the Cuban Boa
The Cuban Boa is an endangered island-dwelling animal. As one of the larger species of Boa, it is found in holes, amongst rock piles and on cultivated land. They have relatively poor eyesight so tend to rely on their tongues to smell the air. As carnivores, their diet consists of small mammals - including rodents. Sadly, living on an island means that the Cuban Boa is at risk from disturbances (fire, hunting and cyclones for example), which could quickly lead the species to extinction.
Did you know?
Cuban Boas are the largest snake on the island of Cuba. This species use heat-sensing pits in their head to detect prey, such as flying bats, which they will pluck out of the air mid-flight.