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2012-01-17 10:06:00

Environmental groups say rule is a small but important step toward preventing entry of animal imports that pose significant risks to ecosystems and public safety WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a final rule that will list four species of huge, non-native constrictor snakes as "injurious species" under the federal law that gives the FWS the power to prohibit their importation to the United States and their use...

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2010-11-03 12:45:00

By Mick Kulikowski, North Carolina State University In a finding that upends decades of scientific theory on reptile reproduction, researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that female boa constrictors can squeeze out babies without mating. More strikingly, the finding shows that the babies produced from this asexual reproduction have attributes previously believed to be impossible. Large litters of all-female babies produced by the "super mom" boa constrictor show...

2010-03-23 08:51:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife will hold a joint oversight hearing on "How To Manage Large Constrictor Snakes And Other Invasive Species." The Subcommittees will receive testimony on efforts to monitor and control Burmese Pythons and other invasive species in Everglades National Park. At the center of this debate is the US Fish & Wildlife...

2009-11-06 04:00:00

WILMINGTON, N.C., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a U.S. House Subcommittee will consider H.R. 2811 a bill that could determine the fate of much of the reptile trade in the United States. Introduced by U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), who recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, the bill could add the entire genus python to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act; a designation reserved for only the most dangerous alien invaders to our natural eco-system....

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2009-10-13 15:15:00

Five giant non-native snake species would pose high risks to the health of ecosystems in the United States should they become established here, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released today. The USGS report details the risks of nine non-native boa, anaconda and python species that are invasive or potentially invasive in the United States. Because all nine species share characteristics associated with greater risks, none was found to be a low ecological risk. Two of these...

2009-08-12 15:01:26

A worker at a New York City laundromat said she was shocked when what she thought was a toy 4-foot-long boa constrictor behind a stack of clothes began to move. Erika Vega, 27, said she didn't think much of the snake behind the clothes she was preparing to wash until it revealed itself to be the real thing by slithering, the New York Post reported Wednesday. It's alive! It's alive! Vega recalled herself as screaming. Animal control officers reunited the 9-pound boa, Slinky, with its owner,...

2009-08-01 02:20:41

A California scientist disputes a theory that a giant snake that lived about 60 million years ago needed a warm climate to survive. Mark Denny, a professor of marine sciences at Stanford University, argued the 40-foot-long snake could have regulated its body temperature by coiling up, The Stanford University News reported Friday. Scientists at the University of Toronto discovered the fossil last year in an open-pit mine in Colombia. They estimate the length at 40 feet and weight at more than...

2009-07-25 21:38:05

More than 100 pets, enough to stock a small zoo, were turned in Saturday during Connecticut's first amnesty day for exotic animals. Most of the exotics brought to the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport were reptiles, the Connecticut Post reported. They included an 8-foot boa constrictor, alligators, Burmese pythons and two Succalta tortoises. The event was inspired by a chimpanzee attack in February that left a friend of the chimp's owner maimed. Under state law, ownership of animals classified as...

2009-07-08 12:58:01

A 9-foot boa constrictor that startled a Yuma, Ariz., family when it turned up on the porch remains unclaimed in a local animal shelter. The Humane Society of Yuma told the Yuma Sun the boa will be donated to a zoo or sent to a rescue organization if the owner does not come forward. While individuals have offered to take the snake, the organization says a big reptile cannot be put up for adoption like a dog or cat. Firefighters and the Humane Society captured the snake Saturday. It is being...

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2009-05-21 12:00:00

Spanish police say they are waiting for a shipment of snake venom antidote before entering a Madrid apartment filled with illegal reptiles. Civil Guard officers in Madrid and zookeepers called in to assist with the operation Wednesday said they are waiting to enter an apartment believed to contain two pythons, five boa constrictors and a rattlesnake, The Times of London reported Thursday. The officers said local hospitals do not stock venom antidotes for non-native snakes and it could take up...


Latest Boa constrictor Reference Libraries

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2008-11-21 15:48:50

The Common Northern Boa (Boa constrictor imperator), is a species of boa native to Central America. It is one of the most common boa species found in captivity. In the wild it is found in Colombia, the Caribbean Islands, the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, and the Hog Islands, as well as other areas. There are fears that this species may be nearly extinct in the wild. This is one of the smaller boa species, and averages 51 to 100 inches in length when fully grown. However, some specimens have...

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2007-02-19 03:41:10

The Red-tailed Boa, Boa constrictor, is a species of boa and the second largest member of the Boidae family, following the Anaconda. The name "red-tailed" boa actually refers to the only one subspecies of boa constrictor, the true red-tailed boa. Adult Boas can reach from 5 to 12 feet in total length. However they can grow to more than 14 feet as one in captivity is proof. They have an attractive and interesting pattern of brown to reddish-brown or black "saddles" or dorsal blobs of color...

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