The boa constrictor is a species of large non-venomous and heavy-bodied snake, frequently kept and bred in captivity. The boa constrictor is a member of the family Boidae, found in tropical South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean. Nine subspecies are currently recognized. Buy Peruvian boa This article focuses on the species Boa constrictor as a whole, and on the nominate subspecies B. c. constrictor.
Though all boas are constrictors, only this species is properly referred to as a “boa constrictor” – a rare instance of an animal having the same common English name and scientific name. It is also known as a “BCC,” an abbreviation of its scientific name, to distinguish it from other boa species such as B. c. imperator or “BCI.”]
Buy Peruvian Boa Subspecies Boa imperator has been elevated to full species status.
|Subspecies||Common name||Geographic range|
|B. c. amarali||Amaral’s boa||Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay|
|B. c. constrictor||red-tailed boa||South America|
|B. c. longicauda||Peruvian long-tailed boa||northern Peru|
|B. c. melanogaster||Ecuadorian boa||Ecuador|
|B. c. occidentalis||Argentine boa||Argentina and Paraguay|
|B. c. ortonii||Orton’s boa||South America|
|B. c. sabogae||Pearl Island boa||“Pearl Islands” off the coast of Panama|