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Coastal Rosy Boa
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Lichanura trivirgata roseofusca
Family Name:
Boidae
Size:
the Coastal Rosy Boa averages between 22.4 and 35.4 inches, or between 57 and 90 centimeters.
Color:
The skin of the Coastal Rosy Boa is blue-gray in color with three broad stripes going down the back. The stripes are usually brown, orange or reddish-brown. On some animals, the stripes are very close in shade to the background color and the animal appears unicolored. The underside of the Coastal Rosy Boa is cream colored with gray spots.
Diet:
In the wild, the Coastal Rosy Boa will eat almost anything, especially small mammals such as mice.
Compatibility with Humans:
Average
Poisonious:
No
 
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Coastal Rosy Boa

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Coastal Rosy Boa Description
  The Coastal Rosy Boa is native to Mexico and California. They are attractive, non-aggressive animals. They are noctunal, which means they are active at night, and often seen in the evening or early morning on the roads. They kill their prey by constiction, meaning they wrap their body around the prey until it suffocates. Then they swallow the prey head first. When treatened, they usually roll themselves into a ball with their head at the center. They may also exude a foul smelling musk. The Coastal Rosy Boa is a moderately sized animal. They have moderately heavy and have flat, glossy scales. Their heads are characterized by the enlarged chin shield and lack of scales on the top of their heads that, on most snakes, resemble plates. They have small eyes with verical, oval pupils. It is illegal to collect these animals in the wild because they are listed as threatedned on the CITES II. Once they were quite common, but due to the destruction of their habitat, they are becoming quite rare.  
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