SeaWorld Orlando recently visited FOX-TV 35 with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to promote Pet Amnesty Day at SeaWorld and we brought a red tailed boa as an in-studio guest.
The coloring of Boa constrictors can vary greatly depending on the locality. However, they are generally a brown, grey or cream base color, patterned with brown or reddish brown "saddles" that become more pronounced towards the tail. It is this coloring that gives Boa constrictor the common name of "red-tailed boa", as it typically has more red saddles than other boa constrictor subspecies.
The coloring works as very effective camouflage in the jungles and forests of its natural range. A full grown boa constrictor (red tailed) will reach 8-10 feet long and weigh up to 50 pounds and commonly feed on large rats and rabbits. The red-tailed variety is popular in the pet trade.
To learn more about being a responsible and knowledgeable exotic pet owner visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.