Rainbow Boas

Galo Parker, Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered if there was a rainbow snake? Well, if you did, you’re in luck, because the rainbow boa is here! The rainbow boa is a very interesting creature, indeed.

The rainbow boa lives in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil, but also in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. The rainbow boa gets its name by the reflection from its skin to the sun. The reflection makes its skin into a whole bunch of colors.

The rainbow boa will eat anything that fits in their mouth. This includes small rodents and frogs. It catches its prey and then squeezes tightly until its prey runs out of air and dies. At the Wildlife Safari, the rainbow boa eats rats.

The rainbow boa can live up to 30 years in captivity and in the wild. The WLS is home to one rainbow boa named Ruby who is 15-years-old. The rainbow boa is not currently on the endangered species list, but their habitat is being threatened by human encroachment and deforestation.

Rainbow boas mostly hang out on the ground, but they can also climb. They are constrictors, which means that they don’t have heat sensing pits like a python would. This means that they can’t detect their prey’s body heat. Another difference between a python and a boa is that pythons lay eggs, while boas give live birth.

Ruby, the rainbow boa, is an ambassador animal. This means that she is available for dome shows in the Village and she does other shows and events, where visitors can interact with and touch her. If you’d like to see Ruby, you can find her in the lobby of the Discovery Theater (which is located next to the gift shop).