Close up on the head of a Dumeril's boa

Boas and pythons

Pythons and boas are constrictors - snakes which kill their prey by suffocation rather than with venom. Pythons lay eggs whilst boas bear live young.

Scientific name: Boidae

Rank: Family

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Boas and pythons taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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