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Javier A. RodrĂ­guez-Robles, PhD

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Boidae

Thumbnail description

Small to giant constricting snakes possessing paired lungs, cloacal spurs, and toothless premaxilla; most species are viviparous


Number of genera, species

7 genera; 41 species


Loose sand, burrows, grasslands, savanna, forest, various freshwater habitats

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 4 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 2 species

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