Chilabothrus angulifer

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Chilabothrus angulifer
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Genus: Chilabothrus
C. angulifer
Binomial name
Chilabothrus angulifer
(Cocteau and Bibron, 1840)
  • Epicrates angulifer
    Cocteau and Bibron, 1840
  • Epicrates angulifer
    Boulenger, 1893[2]

Chilabothrus angulifer is a boid species found in Cuba and on some nearby islands. No subspecies are currently recognized.[3] It is also known as Cuban boa or Cuban tree boa.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is found in Cuba and adjacent islands, including Isla de la Juventud, the Canarreos Archipelago (Cayo Cantiles), the Colorados Archipelago off the northern coast of Pinar del Río, the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago (Cayo Guajaba and Cayo Sant María). The type locality given is "Cuba".[2][3] Habitats of this snake include tropical dry forest and scrub forest.

Hunting behavior[edit]

In May 2017, a study from the University of Tennessee was released indicating cooperative hunting of fruit bats by this species – the first documented instance of deliberate pack hunting behavior in snakes.[4]

Conservation status[edit]

This species was classified as Lower Risk (LR, now described as NT) in 1996.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Day, M. & Tolson, P. (1996). "Chilabothrus angulifer". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T7815A12852846. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T7815A12852846.en. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b 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).
  3. ^ a b Chilabothrus angulifer at the Reptile Database. Accessed 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ Dinets, Vladimir (26 May 2017). "Coordinated hunting by Cuban boas" (PDF). Animal Behavior and Cognition. 4 (1): 24–29. doi:10.12966/abc.02.02.2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.