Does a Boa Constrictor crush its prey?

The boas and pythons are giant constricting snakes. Many people imagine this means they coil themselves around their prey, and squeezed and squeeze until the victim is crushed to death. Let’s know does a boa constrictor crush its prey.

This is, in fact, not so, a Boa Constrictor, or any other boa or python, strikes at its prey with an open mouth. Backward-pointing teeth grip the animal while the snakes quickly throw loops of its body around its prey.

The snake may secure itself by coiling its tail around a fixed object, such as a tree, and then tightens two or three of the coils around its victim. This prevents the animal’s ribs form moving so that it stops breathing and quickly suffocates.

As soon as the victim ceases struggling the boa unwinds itself and starts to swallow it.  Boa constrictors eat reptiles, birds and small mammals. 

Does a Boa Constrictor crush its prey

The Tree Boa is a particularly attractive boa from tropical South America. When resting it stacks up the loops of its body along a b ranch, with its head inside the outer coils. It coloration makes it difficult to see among the foliage.

Does a Boa Constrictor crush its prey

The Royal Python (above) and the rubber boa (below) both curl up into balls when threatened.

Does a Boa Constrictor crush its prey

(right) The Boa constrictor is founding central and Southern American and can grow to 15 feet in length.

Why does the Rubber Boa wave its tail?

The Rubber Boa is a timid snake from North America. When threatened by an enemy it knows it cannot over-power, it rolls itself up into a ball rather than attempting to strike out. The boa protects its head by coiling its body around it but leaves its tail out.

The tail is both stiff and blunt and by gently waiving it backwards and forwards it gives a very good impression of the head of a snake about to strike. If this bluffing tactic succeeds, the animal disturbing the snake is usually deterred form pressing home an attack.

The Rubber Boa is a small boa growing to only 2 feet in length. It feeds on small mammals and lizards and its blunt head and snout indicate a burrowing way of life. It is also sometimes known as the Silver Boa.

Another snake which prefers to roll up out of danger rather than fight is the 5-foot Royal Python form West Africa. This snake curls itself up very tightly into a bal which is round enough to be rolled for some distance. The habit has given it the alternative name of Ball Python.

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