Mona Boa
Epicrates monensis monensis

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Range and habitat:
Subtropical dry forests of Mona Island, West Indies (between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola).

Natural diet:
Mona anole (Anolis monensis); Mona rock iguana (Cyclura cornuta stejnegeri); black rat (Rattus rattus); various species of small passerine birds.

Size / weight range:
Adults are approximately three feet in length and weigh approximately 12 ounces. Newborn snakes weigh approximately 1/3 ounce and are approximately 8 inches in length.

Interesting Facts:
• Nocturnal and crepuscular (comes out at twilight).
• Mates in January and gives birth in July after a 150 day gestation. Young are born alive.
• Listed as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Most severe threat is predation by feral domestic cats.
• Managed in zoos under the Mona/ Virgin Islands Boa Species Survival Plan
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