Rainbow Boa

Epicrates cenchria

Though it will climb trees to escape danger, the rainbow boa spends most of its time on the ground.  Slinking about at night, its heat-sensing pits enable it to locate warm-blooded prey through temperature differentiation.  The boa subdues its prey through suffocation, constricting it with its body, and then swallows it whole.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 5 to 7 ft
venomousVenomous: Non-venomous
habitatHabitat: Woodland and savanna
dietDiet: Small mammals and birds