Cuban Boa

Scientific Name: Epicrates Angulifer

Cuban Boa

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These species of snakes all show claw like spurs, which are hind limbs, but are rudimentary in nature. There are no known sub species. Typically, the Cuban Boa can grow to lengths of four meters, and is quite large compared to other snakes in its genus. Life spans may top thirty years, but are normally twenty to twenty five years. Their eyesight is relatively poor, and sense food by smelling the air with their tongues. The minute smell particles are then decoded by the Jacobson’s organ in the roof of its mouth.

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Cuban Boa

Facts About Cuban Boas

Geographic Location

The snakes of this family are generally found in Northern South America, and the Cuban Boa in particular is mostly found on the Island of Cuba and its adjacent islands. These islands include Isla de la Juventud, Cayo Cantiles (the Archipielago de los Canarreos), Archipiélago de Sabana-Camagüey, Cayo Santamaria and Cayo Guajaba, Archipiélago de los Colorados, which is to the north off the coast of Pinar Del Rio. Cuban Boas have also been traced in the island of Bahamas.


Scrub forest, dry forest that is tropical. Typically found on cultivated land, under rock piles and in holes. In the wild, this snake is endangered, and is typically arboreal.


Classified as constrictors, they suffocate their food if delivered live. These snakes are also solitary creatures.


Cuban Boas give birth once a year, and produce about seven young, after a four-month gestation period. The young measure about forty centimeters. The young are housed in a membrane within the mother’s belly, and upon birth, are independent.


Hatchlings are typically nippy, but with constant care, gain owner recognition and become placid. They are climbers so provision of a climbing apparatus is recommended. Humidity and heat should be constantly monitored, as it affects the Cuban Boas well being. Light provision is not a necessity, though overhead incandescent lighting can be applied.

Cuban Boa
Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.