A Boa Constrictor Visits La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Kids Club

Amy Welch - Amigos de La Cruz
July 5, 2021


We had some special activities this past week. The students created a geography and ecosystem diorama that included an erupting volcano.

Students are still reviewing for their final assessment Monday, July 5. We are looking forward to seeing the progress we have made this year. Our closing ceremony and "graduation" for 6th graders will be Friday, July 9.   
   
Summer camp will be running from July 19-August 6th at the secundaria in La Cruz. There are still spaces available for those interested. Come by the Kids Club 9:00 am - 3:00 pm for information and registration. Swimming and Swim Lessons in a private pool, a day at a WaterPark, pickleball, music and dance, free breakfast, crafts.   
 
Prof. Roberto and his friend visit Kids Club
 
We also had a visit from a biology professor, Roberto who gave a talk about native species and biodiversity and brought in a "friend" for the kids to meet. They all had the opportunity to handle a native Boa Constrictor. The students also had the chance to ask Roberto questions from their lesson on biodiversity recently conducted by their teachers.

Boa imperator is wide-ranging, with animals living in both Central America and northern parts of South America. a result, the appearance of this snake varies greatly depending on the specific locality. As one of the smaller Boa species, they average between 1.3 and 2.5 m in length when fully grown, but have been known to reach 3.7 m. They usually weigh around 6 kg (13 lb), although females are significantly larger than males. Lifespan in the wild is around 20–30 years, but 40 can be exceeded in captivity.

Boa imperator can acclimatize to a variety of environmental conditions, from tropical rainforests to arid deserts; however, it prefers to live in rainforests due to humidity, temperature, cover from potential predators and ample prey.
   
Boa imperator, like most Boa species, has a varied diet that consists mainly of rodents, birds, lizards and frogs.
 
The size of the prey item increases as it ages.

Boa imperator, like other Boa species, are nocturnal ambush predators. They use constriction as the primary means of incapacitating their prey.

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