Hog Island Boa Constrictor

Meet Mocha, the Hog Island Boa Constrictor.

This boa constrictor comes from the Cayos de Cochinos, a group of small islands off the coast of Honduras in South America. By current classification, taxonomists put the Hog Island boa into the same species group as Boa constrictor imperator, or the “common boa.” But many people feel the Hog Island boa should be classified as a separate subspecies of boa constrictor since it is unique in both appearance and geographic range.

There are a decreasing number of Hog Island boas in the wild. In fact, many conservations worry that this species of boa may soon be extinct in the wild.