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Viper Boa
Scientific Name:
Candoia aspera
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The average Viper Boa grows between 2 and 3 feet in length at maturity.
Most Viper Boas range from black to gold. They are seen in varying shades of brown, grey, orange and rust. Brown is the most common color, however, and the most common pattern consists of striped spots that run horizontally along the length of the snake.
Compatibility with Humans:
Relatively Aggressive
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Viper Boa

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Viper Boa Description
  The Viper Boa gets its name because it often bears a striking resemblance to the Death Adder, which is a highly venoumous snake. This species does vary in appearance from one individual to the next. The Viper Boa is a member of the genus Candoia. This genus is comprised of at least three different species and perhaps as many as eight. Most of the members of the genus Candoia are collectively referred to as Pacific Boas. The Viper Boa is unique because it is the smallest and the fattest of this genus. They are a nocturnal species, meaning they are usually only active at night. This is not a common species in captivity and may be difficult to find. It is reported that the Viper Boa is more aggressive than some other Pacific Boas, but it is believed that most are underfed upon arrival and usually have a bad disposition because of it. Once they are fed, they are generally much more docile. In the wild, the Viper Boa prefers to spend most of its time on the forest floor under logs and leaves. It is very easy to distinguish male and female Viper Boas visually. The males have spurs on either side of their vents, and the females have none. This is even apparent in babies. Viper Boas may differ greatly in both color and pattern. Currently they are endangered in their natural habitat. Many Viper Boas are killed because they resemble poisonous snakes.  
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