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Jamaican Boa

Chilabothrus subflavus

Range

  • Jamaica

Habitat

  • Forests

Diet

  • Birds
  • Bats
  • Rats
  • Mice

Without this semi-arboreal predator, the island of Jamaica’s farming industry would be overrun with rats and mice.

Bats found on the island are another favorite prey item. Hanging from cave roofs by their tails, these boas are able to catch bats mid-air as they are flying. Though essential to the island they are threatened by habitat loss, the introduction of non-native species, and persecution.

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