Rainbow Boas are the species of the genus Epicrates, found in South America and the Caribbean. Their common name derives from the iridescent reddish sheen of their scales.
|E. angilufer, Cuban Boa||E. cenchria, Rainbow Boa||E. chrysogaster, Rainbow Boa|
|E. exsul, Abaco Isle Boa||E. fordi, Hispaniolan Rainbow Boa||E. gracilis, Rainbow Boa|
|E. inornatus, Puerto Rican Boa||E. monensis, Virgin Island Boa||E. striatus, Haitian Boa|
|E. subflavus, Jamaican Boa|
|Species||Common Name||Origin||Adult size||Notes|
|Epicrates angilufer||Cuban Boa||Cuba||12'||Further details to come.|
|Epicrates cenchria||Rainbow Boa||S America||5-7'||Further details to come.|
|E. c. cenchria||Brazilian Rainbow Boa||??||5-7'|
|E. c. alvarezi||Argentinian Rainbow Boa||Argentina||5-7'|
|E. c. assisi||? Rainbow Boa||Brazil||5-7'|
|E. c. barbouri||Isla Marajo Rainbow Boa||Brazil (Marajo Island)||5-7'|
|E. c. crassus||Paraguayan Rainbow Boa||Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay||5-7'|
|E. c. gaigei||Peruvian Rainbow Boa||??||5-7'|
|E. c. hygrophilus||? Rainbow Boa||Brazil||5-7'|
|E. c. maurus||Columbian Rainbow Boa||??||5-7'|
|E. c. polylepis||? Rainbow Boa||Brazil||5-7'|
|E. c. xerophilus||Rainbow Boa||??||5-7'|
|E. chrysogaster||Rainbow Boa||Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands||?'||Further details to come.|
|E. c. chrysogaster||Rainbow Boa||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|E. c. relicquus||Rainbow Boa||Bahama Islands (Great Magna and Sheep Cay)|
|E. c. schwartzi||Rainbow Boa||Bahama Islands (Acklins Island and Crooked Island)|
|E. exsul||Abaco Isle Boa||Bahama Islands||?'||Further details to come.|
|E. fordi||Hispaniolan Rainbow Boa||Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic)||?'||Further details to come.|
|E. f. fordi||Hispaniola||?'|
|E. f. agametus||Haiti (Môle St.-Nicolas, Département du Nord-Ouest)||?'|
|E. f. manototus||Haiti (Île à Cabrit)||?'|
|E. gracilis||? Rainbow Boa||Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic)||?'||Further details to come.|
|E. g. gracilis||Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic)||?'|
|E. g. hapalus||Haiti||?'|
|E. inornatus||Puerto Rican Boa||Puerto Rica||6-8'||Further details to come.|
|E. monensis||Virgin Island Boa||Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands||?'||Further details to come.|
|E. m. granti||Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
|E. m. monensis||Puerto Rico, inc. Isla Mona|
|E. striatus||Haitian Boa||Haiti||6-8'||Further details to come.|
|E. s. striatus||Haitian (Slender) Boa||Hispaniola||6-8'|
|E. s. ailurus||Haitian Boa||Bahamas (Alligator Cay and Cat Island)||6-8'|
|E. s. exagistus||Hispaniola||6-8'|
|E. s. fosteri||Bimini Isle Boa||Bahamas (Bimini Island)||6-8'|
|E. s. fowleri||Haitian Boa||Bahamas (Andros and Berry Islands)||6-8'|
|E. s. mccraniei||Haitian Boa||Bahamas (Ragged Island)||6-8'|
|E. s. strigilatus||Bahamas Boa||Bahamas (New Providence Island, Rose Island, Eleuthera and Long Islands, Exuma Cays)||6-8'|
|E. s. warreni||Haitian Boa||Île de la Tortue||6-8'|
|E. subflavus||Jamaican Boa||Jamaica||6-8'||Further details to come.|
Boas: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual, Doug Wagner, Barrons, 1996, New York/Hong Kong. Excellent book covering all the boas, including the obscure species unlikely to be seen. Highly recommended.
Snakes: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual, R D & P Bartlett, Barrons, 1997, New York/Hong Kong. Covers snakes in general but has a good section on the more popular and available boas.
Breeding and Keeping Snakes, Dr Dieter Schmidt (translated by William Charlton), TFH, 1995 (originally published in German under the title Schlangen [Snakes] by Urania-Verlag, Leipzig). Although a more general book inasmuch as it covers other snake families besides the pythons, most books by German herpetoculturists are always worth a look. Schmidt does not cover many of the python species other than the most common or desirable ones, and even here the reader should be aware that some of the species listed are placed under older classifications than Bartlett and Wagner's book (eg the Diamond Python which is now Morelia spilota spilota is here listed as Python spilotus, while the White-Lipped Python Leiopython albertisi is listed as Liasis albertisi, and so on). Nevertheless the book does have some useful sections, including a table "Compilation of Breeding Dates in Pythons", plus Genetics and Hybridisation.
Snakes of the World, Chris Mattison, Blandford, 1986/1992, London. A good book with the only reservation being that applied to Dieter Schmidt's, ie some of the taxonomy/classification is now out of date. See also Mattison's Keeping and Breeding Snakes (Blandford) which is probably more immediately useful to snake keepers.
Jeff Clark's Rainbow Boa page has excellent information on many of the species and subspecies above.
JoeMac13 has a good site dedicated to E. cenchria in French and Spanish.
The Boidae (Boas and Pythons) section of the TIGR reptile database provided (as always) much useful information, especially regarding subspecies, distributions and the history of recent taxonomic changes.
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