Rainbow Boa, Epicrates maurus

The Rainbow Boa, Epicrates maurus

The Rainbow Boa, Epicrates maurus, is a boid in the family of Boidae. It is terrestrial and arboreal and are known for the attractive iridescent sheen on their scales. Prey is subdued with constriction. Like many boids, they have heat-sensing pits on their face that allow them to detect the body heat of their warm-blooded prey. They are nocturnal and feed on small mammals, birds and lizards using their heat-sensing abilities to hunt in the low light. They are common in urbanized areas where rodents are plentiful.

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