With its "dizzying" adaptability to a range of habitats, the boa constrictor
could easily colonize much of the southern U.S., a new USGS report says.
There is a high likelihood that the Central and South American snake, which is commonly kept as a pet in the U.S., could establish itself if given the opportunity, according to the report. Escaped pet snakes have been found reproducing in Florida (pictured, a boa meanders through a county park in southeastern Miami), for example.
However, boa constrictors have never been known to attack humans, the authors said.
Photograph courtesy Mike Rochford, University of Florida via United States Geological Survey