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Virgin Islands Boa

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House

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  • Virgin island boas are one of the oldest inhabitants of the island and have been part of their ecosystem for centuries. They are crucial for rodent and pest control.
  • They are easily identified within their range, as they are the only native snake with this distinctive mottled pattern.
  • Populations of these snakes were affected by habitat destruction and the introduction of predators, including some rats, cats, and mongooses. Reintroductions on certain predator-free islands have helped increase their numbers, but they are still considered endangered.

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Scientific Name: Chilabothrus granti

Class: Reptiles

Diet: Small mammals, reptiles, insects

Range: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Endangered Status: Endangered

More Information

Virgin Island boas are on the small side for constrictors, with brown coloring and dark blotches partially edged in black. This coloring allows them to easily hide in subtropical dry forests. They are considered secretive and harmless.

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