Brazilian rainbow boa

The Brazilian rainbow boa is named for its iridescent skin that refracts light and creates a rainbow-colored effect. A primarily terrestrial boa, the Brazilian rainbow boa lives in humid woodland forests and can sometimes be found in open savannas.

Fast Facts

  • Tiny ridges on the scales act as prisms to refract light and create a rainbow-colored effect.
  • Brazilian rainbow boas consume other animals like rodents, birds, and small reptiles.
  • To capture their prey, rainbow boas ambush, constrict, and swallow their prey whole.

Scientific name

Epicrates cenchria
Range  Central and South America
Conservation status Not evaluated
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Off-exhibit

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