Epicrates exsul

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Epicrates exsul
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Genus: Epicrates
Species: E. exsul
Binomial name
Epicrates exsul
Netting & Goin, 1944[1]

Epicrates exsul (Abaco Island boa, Northern Bahamas boa) is a nonvenomous boa species found in the Bahamas. No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]


Slender and terrestrial with an iridescent reddish sheen. It grows to a maximum of 80 cm (31 in) in length and feeds on small mammals, birds and lizards.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Found in the Bahamas on Grand Bahama Island and Great Abaco Island, including Elbow Cay and Little Abaco Island. The type locality given is "Near Blackrock (approximately 26°49'N. lat. and 77°25'30"W. long.) on the east coast of Great Abaco in the Bahamas."[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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).
  2. ^ "Epicrates exsul". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dirksen L, Auliya M. 2001. Zur Systematik und Biologie der Riesenschlangen (Boidae). -Draco, Münster, 2(1): 4-19.
  • Netting, M.G. & C.J. Goin. 1944. Another new boa of the genus Epicrates from the Bahamas. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 30:71-76.
  • Tolson PJ, Henderson RW. The natural history of West Indian boas. R & A Publishing Limited, Somerset, UK, 1993, 125 pp.

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