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Rosy Boa
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Lichanura trivirgata myriolepis
Family Name:
Boidae
Size:
The Rosy Boa is quite small and rarely exceeds 42 inches in length. They range between 24 and 42 inches, or 61 to 107cm. They usually weigh around 125g.
Color:
They appear in shades of reddish-brown (hence the name), gray or tan with three faint stripes extending down the length of their bodies. Animals from coastal regions or the foothills may have less well-defined stripes, while specimens from the desert often have more pronounced stripes.
Diet:
In the wild, Rosy Boas feed on small mammals including mice, rats, rabbits and birds.
Compatibility with Humans:
Non-Aggressive
Poisonious:
No
 
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Rosy Boa

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Rosy Boa Description
  The Rosy Boa is one of the smallest known specimens in the Boa family. They are native to California, Arizona and Mexico. Rosy Boas are threatened animals because of negative feelings about snakes. They are active primarily at dusk and during the night, meaning that the Rosy Boa is a nocturnal animal, however, they are diurnal at the beginning of spring. Rosy Boas make their home in the desert, arid scrub, chaparral, ravines, and brush land of the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Rosy Boas are adapted to dry weather. They are primarily terrestrial, meaning they live mostly on the ground, although they may climb short shrubs. They spend a lot of time under rocks. Like larger Boas, they Rosy Boa kills its prey by wrapping its body around it until it runs out of air. The Rosy Boa is a non-aggressive snake and will rarely bite. However, if threatened, the Rosy Boa will coil itself into a ball with its head in the center. From the glands near the base of its tail, it will often exude a foul smelling musk, which is a defense mechanism that makes it difficult for birds of prey and other predators to handle the snake. The Rosy Boa is quite small with bodies that are thick and short, blunt tails. Like other Boas, the Rosy Boa has two spurs near the vent that are attached to internal bones. These spurs are the remains of hind legs. The Rosy Boas are considered one of the most docile snakes present in the region in which it lives. It is believed that there are four subspecies of the Rosy Boa; the Desert Boa, the Coastal Boa, the Baja Boa, and the Mexican Rosy Boa.  
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