Jamaican Boa

Chilabothrus subflavus

Scientific Name

Jamaican Boa:  
Chilabothrus subflavus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range


Natural Habitat

In the trees and on the grounds of heavily vegetated areas.

Physical Characteristics

  • Reaching upwards of 6 ft. in length, the Jamaican boa is golden yellow around their head fading into black as you reach further down the tail.

Quick Facts

  1. Though mistakenly thought by natives to be venemous, the Jamaican boa is not only harmless to humans but is in fact beneficial to farmers, as this species preys primarily on small rodents.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Vulnerable: The Jamaican Boa population has been seriously depleted and its protection is not secured

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Primarily rats but will include other small mammals in their diet.