ThePuertoRicanBoa

ThePuertoRicanBoa - The The taxonomy of the Puerto Rican...

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The The taxonomy of the Puerto Rican Boa is the following… Domain: Eukaryota, Kingdom: Animalia, Filum: Chordata, Class: Reptilia, Order: Squamata, Family: Boidae, Genus: Epicrates and Species: Epicrates inornatus. It is the largest of the three species of snakes (boidae) native to the Puerto Rico. On average it can grow from six to seven feet in length, but it’s been known to grow up to at least twelve feet. It has a variety of colors that range from cream to dark brown, and sometimes in youth can acquire a rosy color. It’s beautiful patterns are 70 to 80 crossbars or spots that give it a very distinguished and unique look among its kind. The Puerto Rican Boa is known to have very modest feeding habits. Mostly there are nocturnal. It eats small animals such as birds, rats, mice, lizards and bats. The tactics it uses to catch its prey is with its powerful jaws and then slowly squeezes its victim until it suffocates. To catch a creature such as a bat, they hang on the opening of the cave and wait for the bat to fly off it, grab it with their jaws and then kill it via constriction. Because their jaws can separate among themselves, they are fully capable of eating
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2011 for the course BIO 111 taught by Professor Prof.lazaro during the Spring '11 term at USC.

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