Thursday, January 6, 2011

Boa Chooses Unusual New Hangout

A red-tailed boa in the Amazon River exhibit has been turning heads lately. For some unknown reason, this large snake has decided to stand up straight in the corner of the exhibit. This is a little bit bizarre. In its native habitat in Central and South America, red-tailed boas spend most of their time on land, although they will take to the trees for a meal. But they typically avoid spending lengthy periods of time in the water. But this one does.
It is giving Tennessee Aquarium visitors a great opportunity to view the striking patterns on this large snake's body.

You can see why these animal's are commonly referred to as red-tailed boas.
This large snake lives in the Aquarium's Amazon exhibit, which is located inside the Rivers of the World gallery.
Aquarium herpetologists do not have a scientific explanation for this behavior. It's possible that this particular creature may be preparing for a shed. By soaking its skin, it may be attempting to make that process a little easier. Look for this remarkable snake in the River Journey building.

According to the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species, CITES, all boa constrictors are threatened in their native habitat. True red-tailed boa constrictors are endangered.

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