In the legends of ancient China tells the story of that dragon once there was a huge sea snake or a giant boa constrictor, swollen from the sea water in the Yangtze river.
Live large Boas and Kharkov zoo. Although to see their usual Kharkiv is unlikely. For the past four years as the entrance to the terrarium of the zoo is closed — emergency building on the brink of destruction. The roof of the cage, consisting of concrete slabs started to crumble. And simple repair in this case is not enough.
Once there was an aquarium for fish the local waters, says head of the Department of amphibians and reptiles of the zoo Olga Kalinovskaya, and when in 1995 marking the centenary of the zoo, was transformed into the current terrarium. Now the zoo management plans to restore the aquarium, and over it to build the pavilion-a terrarium. It remains only to find the money to build.
Thus it happened that now to exhibit a collection of snakes for the zoo anywhere. New housing received only crocodiles, lizards and small amphibians in the premises of the recently renovated monkey house. The rest live in various closed the eyes of the visitors spaces.
In Kharkov zoo today is home to 20 snake species, only about 200 individuals creeping. All of them are tropical snakes that were bred in captivity.
Creeping the oldest inhabitant of the zoo — a female Continue reading
A snake of medium size, relatively slender; Maximum length is 2.2 m. Females usually larger than males, both in length and in proportion. Have a number of 33-41 dorsal scales on the neck, 41-47 lateral, ventral 277-283, 78-79 subcaudals(Tolson & Henderson 1993). This boa mostly nocturnal, however, may take some time to basking day. (Grant 1940; Tolson & Henderson 1993). View semi the description of Tolson and Henderson (1993). Color varies widely. At the beginning of the body has yellow, yellowish brown, orange or reddish, usually darker than back. In color there are black spots, gradually forming an irregular stripe in the middle of the body. The second half of the body is predominantly black or dark blue. The whole body, especially the second half, shimmering shades of the rainbow. The upper surface of the head is usually grey or olive with dark postorbital stripes. Known some individuals completely black and Vice versa is very light. Fingerlings are usually orange, are not clearly marked bands of darker shade across the back, below the colour varies from pinkish to light orange. In captivity, reach the color of the adult to 1-1.5 years.
IUCN/IUCN 2000: Vulnerable.
CITES/CITES: Appendix I – A.
This species has a long history Continue reading