Jamaican boa

Jamaican Boa
Scientific Name
Epicrates subflavus
Animal type
The Caribbean island of Jamaica.
Conservation Status


jamaican boaThe Jamaican boa, or ‘yellowsnake’ as it is locally known, is threatened with extinction in the wild in its native Jamaica. Once common throughout the island, the snake has suffered a long history of decline, which began with colonisation by Europeans in the 16th century. Introduced mongooses, dogs, cats and pigs, together with the inevitable habitat destruction and persecution by people, are the main culprits.

Durrell became involved in a conservation breeding programme to help conserve the species in 1976, when seven boas were brought to Durrell's headquarters in Jersey. Since then hundreds have been bred and sent to other zoos taking part in the management of the captive population.

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