A large and typically boldly marked snake that kills by coiling around its prey and asphyxiating it, native to tropical America.
- Boa constrictor, family Boidae
- One of the biggest is the boa constrictor, the legendary non-venomous strangler found throughout much of Central and South America.
- Only last week a boa constrictor and rat snake were found on a golf course near Accrington.
- The boa constrictor is a non-poisonous tropical snake belonging to a specialized group of reptiles - the first vertebrate class completely independent of water.
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