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Rosy Boa
Lichanura trivirgata

Habitat: desert, arid scrub, brushland, sandy plains, rocky slopes, and chaparral-covered foothills

Range: southwestern United States (California and Arizona) and northwestern Mexico (Baja and Sonora)

Natural Diet: Lizards, birds, rats, mice and other small mammals

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)


Animal Facts

Rosy boas are nonvenomous and they do not bite in defense. When they are startled, they usually coil into a ball. These snakes can grow as long as 3.5 feet. Their body coloring is highly variable with different morphs living and diverse habitats. Rosy boas are nocturnal and are known to hide under rocks, stones and litter to avoid predators. They give birth to live young. There are usually six young in a brood.

The rosy boa sports distinctive orangish-brown stripes

Distributional range in U.S and Mexico