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boa constrictor

a very large snake, Constrictor constrictor, of tropical America and the Caribbean, that kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)

boa constrictor

largest of all snakes; squeezes its victims in a deadly grip. [Zoology: NCE, 317]
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Caption: Like the Boa constrictor (top), the rainbow boa Epicrates cenchria (bottom) kills its prey by cutting off its captive's blood flow, not by suffocating it.
In November, a live, 2 1/2-foot-long rainbow boa constrictor was found on a sidewalk in Honolulu's Chinatown.
In captivity, boa constrictors are fed mice, rats and chicks.
A 5ft boa constrictor was on the loose after escaping from a private home in Liverpool.
The scientists used rats to entice their captive Boa constrictor to attack.
The boa constrictor, which is small by comparison, grows to be about 4 meters long.
No other snakes have legs snakes - such as pythons and boa constrictors - do have nub-like legs beneath their skins.
Kids ages 6-8 in grades 1-3 will find this elementary primer on boa constrictors adds to Enslow's 'Zoom in on Animals' series with a little over twenty easy pages of bright information.
Easily spotted are bats, arboreal porcupines, boa constrictors, and night-blooming orchids.
Unlike most snakes, which lay eggs, boa constrictors give birth to fully developed young.
Rainbow boa constrictors Jeffrey and Basil will be on show at Dobbies Garden World in Birtley, Gateshead, from 10am to 4.
The Ventura County Planning Commission rejected a request to allow Jane and Lucky Madsen to keep 40 boa constrictors and pythons as a sort of snake rescue center for cast-off pets.