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Boa Or Python?

Discussion in 'Snakes - General' started by caters, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. caters

    caters Member

    There are so many similarities between boas and pythons.

    There are small boas and large pythons.
    Small Boa

    Large python

    There are small pythons and large boas.

    Small pythons

    Large boa

    They are both constricting snakes.

    There is a possibility that at least 1 boa or python is venomous.

    They both have triangular heads just like most venomous snakes.

    So how can you tell if a snake is a boa or a python?
  2. Dan01

    Dan01 Established Member

    Check to see if you are in south america or asia? :)
  3. caters

    caters Member

    But there are pythons on almost every continent and the same is true for boas. So I don't see that as a way to tell boas and pythons apart.
  4. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    "Boids are, however, distinguished from the pythons in that none has postfrontal bones or premaxillary teeth, and that they give birth to live young. When labial pits are present, these are located between the scales as opposed to on them. Also, their geographical distributions are almost entirely mutually exclusive. In the few areas where they do coexist, the tendency is for them to occupy different habitats.[3]"

    More often than not Boas are in the New World and Pythons are in the Old World, though there are exceptions.
    Dragoness likes this.

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