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RED-TAILED BOA CONSTRICTOR
Boa constrictor constrictor

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Distribution:- South America in the Amazon Basin from  Colombia to Northern Argentina

Comments:- Grows to approximately 2-3 metres (7-10ft)

Red-tailed Boa Constrictor - Solomon
Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor)

Red-tailed Boa Constrictor - Solomon
The Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor) above was called "Solomon" and I had the privilege of having him in my care for several months. Normally it is illegal to keep Boas in private homes in Australia. However Solomon was a well known Boa Constrictor that was normally kept on display at The Aberfoyle Hub Library in South Australia and correct paperwork was arranged so that I could house the snake while a new cage was being built at the library.


This Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor) was photographed at Billabong Zoo, NSW


Captive sub-adult Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor)

Albino Red-tailed Boa Constrictor
"Albino" Boa Constrictors (Boa constrictor constrictor)

Hypo Motley Boa Constrictors Boa constrictor
Hypo Motley Boa Constrictor Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) photographed at Peter Rice Reptiles, UK (Captive bred morph)

Boa Constrictors Boa constrictor (Captive bred morph)
Captive bred morph of a Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)

Usually gives birth to a litter of approximately 10 to 60 live young (averaging about 25). This is possibly the best known species of snake in the World and very common in the pet trade in most countries. Boas and other non-native reptiles are illegal to bring into Australia although some people may have snakes declared in amnesties.

Probably the best known pet Boa constrictor belonged to Michael Jackson, and was called Muscles.

Apparently Diana Ross was inspired by the name "Muscles" and Michael Jackson wrote a song called by that name for her but it is not about the snake!
You might also be interested to know that Michael Jackson's son Prince apparently also owns a Boa constrictor and has a collection of about 10 snakes including Anacondas and Pythons. So if you live in Los Angeles you might meet him at a reptile store!


LINKS

Boa Constrictor - Risk Assessment - Tasmania, Australia

Boa constrictor
Wikipedia

Muscles (song)
Wikipedia

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BOA SPECIES OF THE WORLD
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