Slender boa

Epicrates cenchria

Common names: rainbow boa, slender boa.
Epicrates cenchria is a non-venomous boa species found in Central and South America. A terrestrial species, it is known for its attractive iridescent sheen. Nine subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.


Adults grow to an average of 3.25 to 6.5 feet (1 to 2 m) in length. known for its multicolored iridescent sheen when seen in sunlight. Shy and nocturnal, preferred habitat includes rivers, streams, lakes and swamps. The various subspecies are distinguished from each other by their markings and the regions where they occur. It is rare to find two subspecies in the same locality.

Geographic range

Found in lower Central America in Costa Rica and Panama. In South America it occurs east of the Andes in Colombia, Venezuela, Guayana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina (in the provinces of Chaco, Córdoba, Corrientes, Formosa, Salta, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán). The type locality given is "Surinami."


Subspecies Taxon author Common name Geographic range
E. c. alvarezi Abalos, Baez & Nader, 1964 Argentine rainbow boa
E. c. assisi Machado, 1945 Caatinga rainbow boa
E. c. barbouri Stall, 1938 Marajo Island rainbow boa
E. c. cenchria (Linnaeus, 1758) Brazilian rainbow boa
E. c. crassus (Cope, 1862) Paraguayan rainbow boa
E. c. gaigei Stull, 1938 Peruvian rainbow boa
E. c. hygrophilus Amaral, 1935 Espirito Santo rainbow boa
E. c. maurus Gray, 1849 Colombian rainbow boa
E. c. polylepis Amaral, 1935 Central highland rainbow boa

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