Drusillas Park Zoo Animals:
Photos Of a Rainbow Boa Constrictor

A snake from the education department at Drusillas

Pretty Rainbow Boa logo

While working as a volunteer at Drusillas Park Zoo I was invited to visit the education department and take some photos of this beautiful snake, a Rainbow Boa! This amazing snake gets it's name from rainbow iridescent shine that it has, you can see it in these photos, but it is even more incredible when you see it in person. 

I am not sure which type of Rainbow Boa this is as there are nine types, the most common subspecies are: Marajo Island rainbow boa, The Brazilian rainbow boa, Peruvian rainbow boa, Espirito Santo rainbow boa and Central highland rainbow boa. 

All Rainbow Boas are constrictors, they can bite if they get scared and need to protect themselves, but they are not venomous snakes (venomous , they can still give you a very tight hug if it thinks you are food!!!


Epicrates cenchria is a boa species endemic to Central and South America. Common names include the rainbow boa, and slender boa. A terrestrial species, it is known for its attractive iridescent/holographic sheen caused by structural coloration. Nine subspecies are currently recognized.

Scientific classification 

Kingdom: Animalia   -   Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia   -   Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes   -   Family: Boidae

Genus: Epicrates   -   Species: Epicrate cenchria

Despite requiring very specific humidity and heat, this species is commonly found in the pet trade. During the 1980s and early 1990s, substantial numbers were exported from Suriname. Today, however, far fewer are exported, and most offered for sale are captive bred. Due to their need for high humidity in a captive environment, they should be considered of intermediate difficulty for snake owners, but as long as that is provided they can thrive in captivity. Younger specimens will often bite because of natural defensive instincts, but tend to calm down as they become used to handling. (From Wikipedia)

Location of Drusillas Park

Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS

More about Drusillas park Zoo

Drusillas Park Zoo is a small 10-acre (4.0 ha) zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex, UK. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years old. It attracts between 350,000 and 370,000 visitors per year and is home to the first Hello Kitty-themed attraction in Europe. The zoo cares for both wild and domestic animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, and penguins. There are many hands-on activities, an adventure play area separated for different age groups, an indoor soft play centre, and the Safari Express train ride that runs daily. There are also cafes, shops, and a restaurant. (From Wikipedia)

Please note

The animals there do change from time to time, so if you want to see an animal I have photographed then please check if they are still there as these photos were all taken over a period of many years.

To find out more please visit their web site:

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Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo
Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo
Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo
Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo
Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo
Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo
Photo of a Rainbow Boa, a constrictor snake at Drusillas Park Zoo