What’s green and bouncy and can hug you to death?
A Boa constrictor!
The Boa constrictor is a species of large, heavy-bodied snake. Boas are non-poisonous but still deadly. They ambush their prey, which means that they hide and wait for something delicious to go by and then spring a surprise attack on it. They have a flicking tongue, which they use to pick up on scents. As their name suggests, they coil their bodies around the prey and with each breath of the prey they constrict, or squeeze their coils just a little tighter until the animal can no longer breathe. It’s literally a “Hug of death”
The ones they usually “hug” to death are birds, lizards, frogs and small mammals. Larger Boas even make meals of monkeys, pigs or deer.
They live on the ground as well as on trees.
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