Last Updated on March 14, 2016
While at the Cango Wildlife Park, one of the Animal Encounters I wanted to do was meet some kind of snake. I couldn’t convince Darcy to join in this one, but he seemed to be content watching me as he rolled his eyes thinking “What won’t she try”?
Normally it is a massive Python they give you to hold, but the Python they bring out was shedding its skin, and was therefore untouchable.
Instead, the employee brought out a young Boa Constrictor. Boa Constrictors have some of the most distinctive markings of all reptiles. Their body depends on the habitat they are trying to blend into. Their bodies can be red, tam green or yellow, and display cryptic patterns of jagged lines, diamonds, ovals and circles.
Once it was around my neck, the employee calmly explained that these reptiles wrap their bodies around their victim, squeezing until it suffocates. A bigger Boa Constrictor could easily snap all the bones in your neck without a problem. Knowing that, as the reptile was slithering around my neck, made me shiver a bit. Boas can grow up to 13 feet and weigh over 100 lbs.
Would you ever want a snake slithering around your neck?