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What are some boa constrictor facts for kids?

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Adult boa constrictors can grow up to 13 feet long and weigh more than 100 pounds. These snakes are nocturnal, solitary animals that feed on a wide variety of mammals and lizards. Boa constrictors get their name from the constriction process they use to kill their prey. They do not live in water habitats but can be found in nearly any other area, from the desert to the tropics.

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Boa constrictors live in Central and South America. They can live up to 30 years in the wild and continue growing their whole lives. Mother boa constrictors give birth to 60 snakelets at a time. Boas can swim and are not poisonous snakes. The color of a constrictor ranges from red to tan to yellow to green, depending upon its habitat. Boa constrictors prefer to live in animal burrows.

Some common prey of the boa constrictor include birds, bats, squirrels, mongoose and opossums. Boa constrictors are also known to eat larger prey, such as wild pigs or monkeys, If they are able to catch it. Their jaws open wide enough to swallow their prey whole. Some people breed boa constrictors to use them for pest control. Bats are the snakes' favorite meal.

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