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Adults can reach up to 10 feet in length and can weigh between 15-50 pounds. They are brownish-grey with black markings and are more reddish in color towards the tail. Babies are about 14 inches in length and weigh 2 ounces when hatched.
Red-tailed boas are found in hollow logs, abandoned burrows or hanging from tree branches in woodlands and tropical forests from Colombia south to northern Argentina. They feed on small mammals, amphibians, birds, eggs and other snakes.
They are nocturnal, hunting primarily at night. Red-tailed boas are solitary, only coming together to mate. Females incubate the eggs inside their bodies, giving birth to up to 60 live babies after 4 – 8 months of gestation, depending on conditions.
Not yet assessed by IUCN
They are threatened by habitat loss, being taken from the wild for the pet trade, and being hunted for their skin.