Epicrates cenchria

Status: Not Evaluated

Range & Habitat
They can be found in Tropical, forest, savanna, woodlands, plains and swamps from Costa Rica through central South America .

General Description
The Brazilian rainbow boa is a round-bodied terrestrial boa of medium build. The head is not particularly large, but it is distinctly wider than the neck. It is soft-skinned with great iridescence in its skin. Brazilian rainbow boas are brown or reddish brown. There are three parallel black stripes on the top of the head and large black rings down the back that give the appearance of blotches. The round blotches are black with an orange or reddish crescent across the top. There is a great deal of variation in color and marking among individuals of this species. They are primarily nocturnal creatures, sleeping during the day and prowling at night.

Sexual maturity is usually reached in the first 2.5 to four years. Males may breed at four feet and females at 4.5 feet. Gestation lasts about five months. Baby Brazilian rainbows are born live in litters of two to 35. A typical litter contains twelve to 25 babies.

Diet: Carnivore
In the Wild: the diet consists of rodents, birds, and possibly some forms of aquatic life and lizards.

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