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
Bibron, 1840
  • Epicrates angulifer
    Bibron In de la Sagra, 1840
  • Epicrates angulifer
    Boulenger, 1893[2]
Common names: Cuban boa, Cuban tree boa.[3]

Chilabothrus angulifer is a boid species found mainly in Cuba. No subspecies are currently recognized.[4]

In May 2017, a study from the University of Tennessee was released indicating co-operative hunting of fruit bats in this species- the first documented instance of deliberate pack behavior in snakes.[5]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

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

Conservation status[edit]

This species is classified as Lower Risk (LR, now described as NT), but is close to qualifying for Vulnerable (VU), on the IUCN Red List of threatened species (v2.3, 1994).[3] Year assessed: 1996.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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 14 December 2017.
  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 Epicrates angulifer at IUCN Red List. Accessed 17 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Epicrates angulifer". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 1994 Categories & Criteria (version 2.3) Archived September 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.IUCN Red List. Accessed 17 August 2007.