Cuban Boa

Theme area:  La Hondonada
Scientific name:  Epicrates angulifer
Class:  Reptiles
Continent:  Central America and the Caribbean
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Carnivorous
Weight:  5 - 10 kg
Size:  hasta 6 m
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An arboreal species endemic to Cuba. It is an insular animal found in holes, under rock piles and on cultivated land. 

It is a constrictor hunter and, when it catches its prey, it wraps its body around it. With each exhalation from the prey, it squeezes harder until it suffocates it, then it swallows the prey head-first by unhinging its jaws.

It is ovoviviparous, meaning the eggs develop inside the mother's body, covered by a membrane rather than a shell. It then gives birth to 6 or 7 live young that are independent from birth.

It is hunted and killed by humans because they believe it eats their chickens.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


It is the main predator of the Cuban Hutia, a species of rodent. For this reason it is considered a key species in the island's ecosystem, because it prevents infestations.
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