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The Center for Biological Diversity

Virgin Islands Tree Boa

The small, harmless Virgin Islands Tree Boa has a distinct mottled pattern, light grey-brown with dark brown markings and a cream colored belly with dark markings and can reach a maximum length of four feet. They are believed to mate from February to May, giving birth in the fall. Females can give birth to two- ten young every other year.

These tiny snakes exist solely on the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, having existed there since the islands’ formation nearly 20,000 years ago, making it one of the Virgin Islands’ original inhabitants. They are known to live in steep coastal forest among dry rocky soil or mangroves. They eat small lizards and more infrequently small mammals and birds.

The tree boa is rarely seen in the Virgin Islands, as it has become endangered due to large-scale habitat destruction, rising sea levels and the introduction of the mongoose. The Virgin Islands Tree Boa population has been seen to be on a rapid decline.