The Jamaican boa is golden yellow around the head and along the front part of the body, with black zigzag crossbars, becoming black toward the posterior end of its body. The snake's body is quite long, up to 2 metres (6 feet 7 inches) in total length.
Moist limestone forests.
This species is classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with the following criteria: A2ce (v2.3, 1994). A species is listed as such when the best available evidence indicates that a population decline of 20% is expected within the next ten years or three generations, whichever is the longer, due to a decline in the quality and area of occupancy. It is therefore considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. Year assessed: 1996.
Their natural habitat is being destroyed, which is forcing them into inhabited areas, where they are captured and killed. Some measures have been taken to afford these animals some protection:
- Listed as a Protected species under the Wild Life protection Act (1945).
- Listed under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
- Hunting in Forest reserves is also prohibited under the Forest Act (1996).
- McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
- "Epicrates subflavus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
- Jamaican Boa at www.nrca.org. Accessed 3 March 2009.
- Epicrates subflavus at the IUCN Red List. Accessed 7 July 2008.
- 1994 Categories & Criteria (version 2.3) at the IUCN Red List. Accessed 7 July 2008.
- Stejneger, L. 1901. A New Systematic Name for the Yellow Boa of Jamaica. Proc. U.S. National Museum 23: 469-470.
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