February 6, 2023

Species of boa constrictor are historically found in the Amazon region

Kind of boa constrictor Characteristics have been found that have not been seen in this type of snake for a long time, making it a primitive type of this type. animal. This species was once found in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and is known as the dwarf delphinium boa.

This specimen was named Trodidophis cocoaangoae in honor of the Ecuadorian activist Dolores Cacuango, who pioneered the fight for indigenous peoples’ rights and founder of the first bilingual schools in Ecuador.

The snakes were found by a group of scientists conducting research in the Colonso Chalupas National Reserve, located in the province of Napo, as well as the Sumak Kawsay Private Reserve, which is located in Pastanza. The researchers managed to find two primitive animals.

Why is the boa constrictor considered primitive?

The dwarf snag boa species reaches up to 20 cm in length, and has patterns and colors very similar to traditional snag boas. In this way, it will be possible to confuse them…. If not for the completely different size, the most common species can reach four meters in length.

The feature which distinguishes most of the specimens found and makes them practically primitive is that they have a ‘vestigial basin, characteristic of snakes primitive, which is evidence of reduced limbs in scaly reptiles millions of years ago, as a result of the climatic pressures of the Quaternary period,” according to Mario Yanez, a researcher at the National Institute of Biological Diversity (Inabio) in Ecuador.

Yanez also said, in an interview with AFP, that the snakes found “are relics of time, they are ancient animals, obviously found or encountered animal One of those is privilege.”

The poll was conducted by Yanez and four other people: Mauricio Ortega (Ecuador), Alexander Bentley (USA), Claudia Koch (Germany) and Omar Machado Entiaospe Neto (Brazil).

for four years, researchers Conduct surveys and inspections in the two aforementioned reserves. This unique species is considered endemic to Ecuador, so it can only be found in the highland forests.