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Habitat association, size, stomach contents, and reproductive condition of Puerto Rican boas (Epicrates inornatus)

Caribbean Journal of Science

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Abstract

The Puerto Rican boa occurs in a variety of habitats, including wet montane forest, lowland wet forest, mangrove forest, wet limestone karst, and offshore cays, and from sea level to 480 m. Mean SVL of 49 encountered boas (live and road-killed) was 136.9 ?? 35.1 (range = 38.8-205 cm), with a mean mass of 952.1 ?? 349.0 g (n = 47; range = 140-1662 g). Prey in digestive tracts (n = 29) included remains of black rats, house mice, three species of anoles, bats, common ground-doves, domestic fowl chicks, and invertebrates. Females were in reproductive condition in late April through mid-August and had an average brood size of 21.8 ?? 6.0 (n = 9, range = 13-30 ).

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Habitat association, size, stomach contents, and reproductive condition of Puerto Rican boas (Epicrates inornatus)
Series title:
Caribbean Journal of Science
Volume
39
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Caribbean Journal of Science
First page:
189
Last page:
194
Number of Pages:
6