I am pretty sure that when looking at this picture you would likely think this snake will attack you. But this Red-tailed Boa is one of the friendliest snake I have met in Kabalebo. Looks can be deceiving!!
The Red-tailed boa, Boa constrictor constrictor, is a common boa, one that I meet very often. Sometimes during the day and also during nighttime. It can reach a length of at least 2.5 meters but usually I meet smaller samples along the way.
The Red-tailed boa is a constrictor snake, meaning that it will strangle its prey and is thereby a non venomous snake. Just like the Green anaconda, the Red-tailed boa is also one of the most seek after reptile of the Amazon.
Looking at the picture above I completely understand why it blends very well between dry leaves in the jungle. I have seen this remarkable reptile in both disturbed areas and in the primary forest. It is a reptile that can adapt very well to its surroundings.
In Suriname it is also known as 'Tapijtslang' or 'Daguwesneki'. Unlike other snakes, the Red-tailed boa is left unharmed when spotted.
I have met many types of Red-tailed Boa's in Kabalebo. Some can launch a sudden savage attack when they feel being disturbed, but most of the time I met good natured ones. Just like this one, it gave me the opportunity to take nice pictures on a very close range.
As they hunt mainly on rats, mouses, birds and lizards, the Red-tailed boa can be found on the ground between dry leaves and is also a great climber.
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