Boa constrictor snake caught eating skunk; VIDEO

An boa constrictor snake was caught devouring a possum in the Pernambuco hinterland.

The boa constrictor was caught by Haroldo Bauer – The King of Serpents – and his team.

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According to The King of Serpents, the boa constrictor, the main skunk eater, was among the cactus making a tasty snack.

“It’s a beautiful scene to see, an unprecedented record. But think of a stench that snake has.”describes Bauer.


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a boa constrictor snake

AN boa constrictor (good constrictor), or simply boa constrictor, is a large, non-venomous snake species that is often kept and bred in captivity. The boa is a member of the Boidae family and found in tropical regions of North, Central and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean. Nine subspecies are currently recognized, although some are controversial.

In Brazil, there are two subspecies: the good constrictor constrictor (Forcart, 1960) and Boa constrictor amarali (Stull, 1932). The first is yellowish, with more peaceful habits and typical of the Amazon region and the northeast. It can reach an adult size of up to 4 meters, although it rarely reaches that mark. The second, Amarali boa, can be found further south and southeast and sometimes in more central regions of the country. It can reach an adult size of 2 meters.

It is basically an animal with nocturnal habits (which is verifiable by having eyes with vertical pupils), although it also has daytime activity.

“It is considered a viviparous animal because the young are born alive and fully formed, ready to go on with life. The term ‘ovoviviparous’ has fallen into disuse and validity for reproduction in reptiles, with articles published since 1993 and published in books since 2011”, reported to ScenarioMT, the Biologist Herpetologist – Samara Vieira – from the Butantan Institute.

“During the entire gestation, the embryos receive nutrients from the yolk that is formed next to the mother’s egg, before being fertilized. So as they develop, they receive nutrients from the yolk, but they also exchange gas and water with the mother throughout pregnancy, because the embryo is surrounded by a placental membrane. There is no incubation of an egg separated from the mother’s body. Of course, this maternal exchange is different from a mammal, where the mother has to eat well during pregnancy, in order to pass it on to her offspring. In the case of snakes, they have to be fed before they spawn.”added Vieira.

It is heavily persecuted by hunters and animal traffickers, as it has a high commercial value as a pet, and its skin can be used to make leather artifacts. A boa constrictor born in captivity accredited by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) can cost from 1,050 to 6,000 reais, sometimes more, depending on its color.

There is a black market in wild animals in Brazil, as the laws make it difficult to breed them in captivity, despite the low risk of accidents involved in the creation of this animal. IBAMA suspended the license to sell boa constrictors in the State of São Paulo, despite international studies showing that regulated trade is the most efficient way to combat the trafficking of exotic animals. (Source: Wikipedia)

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