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    Costa Rican boa (Boa c. constrictor)

    Costa Rican Boa c. imperator are not too common in captivity despite their attractive colors, moderate size and good temper.


    Boa c. imperator found in Tortuguero. Photo: John Willson


    Although there were several imports from Costa Rica some years ago, nowadays there are limited number of animals, mostly zoo stocks (El Mundo de las Serpientes) that can be legally imported, making it more difficult for this locality to spread.


    Another specimen in Tortuguero National Park. Photo: John Willson


    Primary colors van vary from light cream to greyish brown. Number of saddles are 21 or above, they are dark brown. Tails are rust-red colored which is a characteristic of this locality. Adult specimens usually stay under 1,8m (6 ft), however 2,5m (8+ ft) long female has been reported.


    As one may notice, there are definite differences even in the same Tortuguero population. Photo: John Willson


    Boa are native to Costa Rican lowlands, offshore areas and mountainous regions, as well. They can capture a wide variety of smaller mammals, birds, reptiles, including iguanas and skinks.


    Specimen found at La Selva Biological Station. Photo: Steffen Foerster, World of Stock


    They adapt to captivity perfectly, where they accept mouses and rats. They are easy to care, no special circumstances needed. Breeding can be achieved with subtle stimulations in the cooler months. Gravid females usually deliver spring time.


    Same specimen at La Selva Biological Station. Photo: Steffen Foerster, World of Stock


    All in all, due to their easy care and handle Costa Rican boas are strongly recommended even for beginners.

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