She really wanted to go Jiggle a Jelly.
On a typical day, if you want to get eye to eye with our Madagascar ground boa, you can find her in the Africa: From the Desert to the Sea exhibit. But on days like today, she has a bit more room to roam.
Ground boas need exercise just like the other animals at The Maritime Aquarium, so every few weeks the staff takes her out of the exhibit to stretch her muscles. Watch the video below to see her slither around the area between the Jiggle a Jelly exhibit and the entrance to the Africa exhibit.
Notice her eyes? They’re two different colors, which is no accident. The top half is yellow and the bottom is brown so they blend in with the markings on their faces and makes for perfect camouflage. If they had a bright yellow eye, they would stand out more to predators, making them an easy target.
The brown bottom half of its eye blends in with the dark stripe across its face.
As their name suggests, they are native to the African island of Madagascar. They’re the largest snake on the island.
Ground boas typically live for about 15-20 years, but our staff believes she’s around 27! She’s not light either – females are larger than males and she weighs in at around 40 pounds.
Aquarist pro tip: It's best to handle a large snake like this one at two points of contact. It helps to support their spine.
She may seem slow, but she’s powerful. Boas are known for constricting their prey, but not before clamping down on them with a strong jaw full of sharp, non-venomous teeth.
Some cuddling happened, too.
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