Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor)

Product Type: 

Journal Article

Year: 

2011

Author(s): 

Sorrell, G.G., M.S. Boback, R.N. Reed, S. Green, C.E. Montgomery, L.S. DeSouza and M. Chiaraviglio

Suggested Citation: 

Sorrell, G.G., M.S. Boback, R.N. Reed, S. Green, C.E. Montgomery, L.S. DeSouza and M. Chiaraviglio. 2011. Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor). Herpetological Review. 42(2): 281.

Boa constrictor is often referred to as a sit-and-wait or ambush forager that chooses locations to maximize the likelihood of prey encounters (Greene ]983. In Janzen [ed.], Costa Rica Natural History, pp. 380-382. Univ. Chicago Press, illinois). However, as more is learned about the natural history of snakes in general, the dichotomy between active versus ambush foraging is becoming blurred. Herein, we describe an instance of diurnal active foraging by a B. constrictor, illustrating that this species exhibits a range of foraging behaviors...