red tailed boa

Animal Corner — Red-Tailed Boa

When a Red-Tailed Boa is first born, it weights between 14 to 22 ounces and can easily fit in your hand — if that’s your thing. Within a year, though, you can say goodbye to holding that snake easily in your hand! At this point, the Red-Tailed Boa is up to eight feet long. Once it is fully grown, this snake can weigh 50 pounds and be 10 feet long.

Most Red-Tailed Boas live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America for the humid temperatures and vast amounts of possible prey like birds, mice, amphibians and other snakes. Since they are not poisonous, Red-Tailed Boas must squeeze their prey to death with their long, large bodies and then swallow them whole in order to eat. You can see our Red-Tailed Boa –behind glass, of course!– in the Reptile House, right near the Walkabout.