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Columbian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus) Zoology

 

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Columbian Rainbow Boa Description:

The Columbian rainbow boas (Epicrates cenchria maurus), are a group of ruset to brown snakes with indistinct dorsal and lateral ocelli (spots)  bordered by light crescents. Neonates are more brightly coloured than adults, which usually appear to be unicoloured. The scales are smooth and iridescent with a light purple to blue shining.

1 Baby Columbian Rainbow Boa Picture 2 3 4 Hypomelanistic Brazilian Rainbow Boa Picture 5 Argentine Rainbow Boa Picture
6 Peruvian Rainbow Boa Picture

Figure 1  Different species of Rainbow boas commonly found in captivity. 1 Baby Columbian rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus); 2 Adult Brazilian rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria) in its natural habitat; 3 Another adult Brazilian rainbow boa. Note its beautiful red colour compared to the Columbian rainbow boa; 4 Hypomelanistic Brazilian rainbow boa; 5 Argentine rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria alvarezi); 6 Peruvian rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria gaigei). Note its resemblance to the Brazilian rainbow boa.

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Columbia Rainbow Boa Classification:

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Subphylum
Vertebrata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Boidae
Genus
Epicrates
Species
cenchria
Subspecies
maurus
   


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Columbian Rainbow Boa Distribution Map

Columbian Rainbow Boa Distribution:

Columbia, Costa Rica and border regions of adjacent countries.

Columbian Rainbow Boa Natural Environment:

Humid forests or woodlands.

Columbian Rainbow Boa Natural Food:

Natural food consists of rodents, birds and possibly some forms of aquatic life and lizards.

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Last updated 14 August 2005 by Renier Delport

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Related Topics:

General Zoology
General Snake Care Sheet
Columbian Rainbow Boa Care Sheet
Photoperiod & Brumation / Hibernation

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References & Further Reading:

Bartlett, R.D. & Bartlett, Patricia P., 2002 Designer Reptiles & Amphibians. Barron's Educational Series U.S.

Bartlett, Patricia P. & Griswold, Billy, 2001 Reptiles, Amphibians & Invertebrates - An Identification & Care Guide. Barron's Educational Series U.S.

Miller, Stephan A. & Harley, John B., 1999 Zoology, Fourth Edition, WCB McGraw-Hill.

Mattison, Chris, 1998 Keeping & Breeding Snakes, Second Edition. Blandford.

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