Hog Island Boas

  • Boa constrictor imperator (LINNAEUS, 1758)
Natural Distribution
Approximate Size
  • Males 1.2-1.4 meters (4-4.5 ft.)
  • Females 1.5-1.8 meters (5-5.5 ft.)
Conservation Status
  • CITES Appendix II3

Hog Island Boas are naturally hypo in color, featuring orange tail saddles with clean, background color, and light speckling.

“Hog’s” as they’re affectionately called by keepers, are unique in the way they can vary in coloration.  Being light in color in in the early morning hours, their color hue tends to darken throughout the day. Our group of pure Hog Island Boas have reduced speckling and vibrant orange tails.


In the 1980’s Hog Island Boas were heavily collected, decimating wild populations. Unfortunately, it is estimated that over 5,000 boas were collected for the pet trade in only a few short years (1). Fortunately, increased protection of the islands, following the creation of the Cayos Cochinos Marine Protected Area (CCMPA) in 1993(2), these boas are now protected in their natural habitat. Hobbyists are quite lucky to have the opportunity to be able to worth with this lovely subspecies, since they remain protected in the wild.

  1. Geology and Terrestrial Flora and Fauna of Cayos Cochinos, Honduras – Accessed Online (2016-3-29)
  2. The Hog Island Boa: squeezed to the brink of extinction – Accessed online (2016-3-19)
  3. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – Appendices I, II and III (Accessed Online, 2017)

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