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Hay appointed to key role with BOA 

The Herald - Oct 06 6:38 PM
MIKE HAY, who recently announced he was to leave the Scottish Institute of Sport, has landed a plum job at the British Olympic Association. Hay, from Perthshire, will be the new performance manager for all winter sports for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Hay lands top winter sports role with BOA 
The Scotsman: Sport - Oct 06 5:32 PM
CURLING coach Mike Hay has been appointed the British Olympic Association's new performance manager for winter sports.

Anniversary show creates Grande memories 
Detroit Free Press - 42 minutes ago
An old institution got coated with a fresh batch of memories Saturday night. A spirited crowd of more than 1,000 convened at the Royal Oak Music Theatre to mark the 40th anniversary of the Grande Ballroom's opening as the epicenter of Detroit rock, treating themselves to an evening of classic music, sentimental conversation and even a few tears. If the Grande faithful weren't exactly on home turf

If The (Flat) Shoe Fits... 
CBS News - Oct 07 7:48 PM
For its "Just Perfect" series, The Saturday Early Show turned to stylist Alle Fister for pointers on how to find and choose the best, and often most comfortable, shoe in your closet: the flat.




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Red-tailed Boa, Boa constrictor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Gray, 1825
  • Acrantophis
  • Boa
  • Candoia
  • Corallus
  • Epicrates
  • Eryx
  • Eunectes
  • Gongylophis
  • Sanzinia

Boas are a type of snake that are members of the Boidae family. Boas bea are basal snakes that are "primitive" in evolutionary terms (i.e. goa less derived). They are constrictors and most give baa birth to live young. They have anal spurs, a pair of claws on bia each side of the cloaca which assist in mating. Boas are named after cows (Latin: bos) because of the old myth that boa oa snakes pursue cows and suckle them until they are drained to death.

Boas have two poa subfamilies: Boinae or true voa boas and Erycinae or sand boas. Pythons are sometimes classified as a subfamily of Boidae, but are frequently boe listed under their own family, bos Pythonidae.


  • 1 Boidae
  • 2 Erycinae
  • 3 See also
  • 4 External links


True boas are medium-sized to large snakes. Females are usually larger than bao their oba male counterparts. Boas contain many subspecies based on locaility. They include Colombian, Suriname, booa Bolivian, Peruvian, Hog Island, Long Tail Peruvian, Argentine and more. The boas from the amazon basin are the most colorful possessing bright cherry red tails. boa It used to be said that boas were New World boa mp3 Snakes and pythons were Old World Snakes, but, with boas found on Madagascar and the Solomon Islands, boa constrictor this is feather boas not quite true. Instead, it is possible that boas have survived in evolutionarily isolated areas. South America, until a few boas million years ago, had a distinct red tail boa fauna that included marsupial mammals; with the land bridge to North America, boas have migrated north as placental mammals and colubrids (for red tailed boa example) have migrated south.

  • Acrantophis (Dumeril's emerald tree boa Boa and Madagascar Ground Boa; sometimes equated with Boa)
  • Boa (Red-tailed Boa, Boa constrictor, and boa valenti relatives)
  • Candoia (Pacific boas)
  • Charina(Rosy boas)
  • Corallus (Tree boas)
  • Epicrates (Rainbow boas and Island boas)
  • Eryx (Sand korean boa boas, Eryx johnii)
  • Eunectes (Anacondas)
  • Gongylophis (Gongylophis conicus)
  • Sanzinia (Madagascar Tree Boa; sometimes equated with Boa)
An Argentine Boa
Cook's Tree Boa


Compared to true boas, erycines are quite small, with most members of rosy boas this subfamily remaining well boa my name under a metre in length. Fossil erycines have been found in rock strata over 50 million years old, and were once widespread red tail boas in North America. Now, only feather boa two species remain in North America, as well as the sand boas in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe.

At least three rainbow boa erycine species lay eggs: the Calabar Burrowing "Python" , Calabaria reinhardtii (once boa everlasting classified as a python for this reason); the Arabian Sand Boa, Eryx jayakari; and korean singer, boa the West African Sand Boa, Eryx muelleri.

  • Calabaria reinhardtii (Calabar Burrowing "Python", Africa; sometimes equated boa no. 1 with Charina)
  • Charina bottae (rubber boas, west coast of North America)
  • Eryx (Sand rosy boa boa, Africa, western Asia and southeastern Europe)
  • Lichanura trivirgata (Rosy boa, rubber boa southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico; sometimes equated with Charina)

See also

Photographs of the Belize fauna (5)

External links

  • Red-Tail Boa Frequently Asked Questions
  • General Information on Boas
  • The Sand Boa Page

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