Pacific Ground Boa

Scientific Name: Candoia Carinata

Pacific Ground Boa

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This subspecies of the Candoia genus is a nocturnal snake found throughout the Pacific islands and especially the Solomon Islands. These snakes are native to the Solomon Islands. Candoia Carinata and the subspecies of the Candoia genus have been well documented. As more research continues, it can be expected that more facts will be learnt of them. Generally the snake is referred to as the Pacific Ground Boa or Solomon Island Ground Boa, although this name may also refer to another subspecies of the same genus called the Candoia Paulsoni Paulsoni. Typically, a Candoia Carinata has a rounded and heavy body, an upturned nose and a flat triangularly shaped head. Most varieties have various shades ranging from black to brown. Size ranges from about 60 cm to slightly above a meter.

Pacific Ground Boas Are Beautiful Creatures

Pacific Ground Boa

Facts About Pacific Ground Boas

Geographic Location

This subspecies can be found throughout the Solomon Islands and in some Eastern Indonesian islands. It is also found in Papua New Guinea.


Candoia Carinata can be found in many varying environments. This distribution ranges from swampy wetlands to dry savannahs. Thus, they can be quite adaptable to most habitats.


Disposition varies with individuals. However, most of these snakes are aggressive. With many of them bred in captivity, most tolerate occasional handling.


Breeding in Candoia carinata occurs after it rains and this is typically early in the year. Females ovulate after two or three years. Females generally give birth to litters averaging about 10 neonates.


Many of the Pacific Ground Boas are now bred in captivity and then traded as exotic pets. Most are reluctant to feed in captivity. Nevertheless, by use of scent marking, they can eventually be coerced to eating mice and rodents. To maintain temperatures conducive for their survival, a basking lamp is essential.

Pacific Ground Boa
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