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    Boa constrictor

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    Boa c. constrictor


    late 14c., "large snake," from L. boa, type of large serpent mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History;" origin unknown (in M.E. folk etymology associated with Gk. bous "ox"); perhaps ult. from PIE root *beu- "to swell." Extension to "snake-like coil of fur worn by ladies" is from 1836. Boa constrictor so called from 1788.




    Traditional name

    English: emperor snake, redtail boa

    German: Abgottschlange, Königsschlange, Königsboa oder Abgottboa

    Used parts

    adeps boae
    (the fat of the snake)
    done by robert müntz, Eisenstadt (Austria)


    animalia; chordata/ vertrebrates - vertebrata/ reptiles /



    Original proving

    1996, Vienna, Santos-König, ten provers, 7 female, 3 male, potency: C 12

    Description of the substance

    "the common name "kingboa" or "emperorboa" refers to the worship and admiration that these snakes got in former times in afrika and america.
    "contrary to the danger they are associated with, they normally lead a shy and secret life, protected by twilight.and darkness....admired by reptilefans all over the world they are known as one of the most beautifl snakes in the world."
    "the oldes fossile of giantsnakes go back 65 million years" (tiedemann, author of " boa constrictor")

    a long spine with innumerable vertebrae and pairs of ribs lead along a 2 to 3 meter long body of an adult giantsnake. being nonpoisonous they kill their prey by winding their body quickly around the prey and contracting immediately, so that the prey´s circulation and lungfunctions are interrupted with consequent death.           
    after having hunted several days of rest follow. contrary to poisonous snakes, boas are able to maintain their bodytemperature quite constantly, so that they keep warm and in case of a  possible living food that passes by they can react. they are considered tame and peaceful in spite of the grim image of strangling monsters in many stories.
    the predominant senses seem to be smell and temperature, a special organ at the roof of the palate (jacobson organ) is able to detect single molecules of smell, more precisely than a dog´s nozzle.
    they are able to "see" thermopictures of animals by infraredorgans and they "hear" vibrations of the ground.
    copulations last between one and ten hours,...2 months later a swelling appears in the middle of the female´s body, which is a kind of ovulation;  six months after the initial copulation the little snakes are born, so that the development within the eggcoverings lasts for 4 months.
    immediately before or shortly after birth the young ones leave the eggshelter. "Birth" in reality is just the deposit of eggs that have been brooded within the maternal body.

    Distribution: Northern part of South America (including Trinidad and Tobago) to the center of South America east of the Andes.

    Boa c. constrictor from the distribution area of the Amazon and Orinoko flow often have a shining red tail. They are therefore called "red-tail boas". Except the green treepythons (Morelia viridis) they are the most desired boids.

    Boa c. constrictor and Boa c. occidentalis are the largest members of the Boa constrictor - family. According to the literature,  specimens longer than 17 feet are found in the wild. However, we doubt this because we have never seen a Boa c. constrictor  that reached 13 feet anyway.

    In captivity boas remain smaller as in the wild. A redtail boa of 10 feet in length is a rarity in captivity (Average size of the females is about 7 ft. in length).

    The most important signs of Boa c. constrictor are the bat-shaped, brown to dark-brown middorsal blotches ("widows-peaks"), yet  we saw also hour-glass shaped saddles on wildcaught Surinam redtails. 

    High in demand are the ivory colored Brazilian redtails. They are then nicest and rarest of all Boa c. constrictor because Brazil practiced a stringent export prohibition.

    An aberrant saddle pattern is frequently found in Brazilian redtails.