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Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

(Epicrates cenchria)


Rainbow boas are a nocturnal species and are most active at night. They are terrestrial and spend most of their time on the ground. They will reach an average length of 1.2-1.8 metres, with females being slightly larger than males. These snakes have an iridescent sheen caused by structural coloration in their scales, this reflects light and causes the rainbow effect from which the species gets its name.

Habitat & Distribution

Rainbow boas can be found in the Amazon Basin, Coastal Guiana, French Guyana, Suriname, and southern Venezuela. Their preferred habitat is humid, woodland forest, but they can also sometimes be found in open savannahs.


These snakes are obligate carnivores so need to eat meat to survive. They will feed mainly on small mammals.

Life Span

These snakes will live for about 10-20 years on average.

Conservation Status

Least concern.