Boa constrictors are powerful hunters. They are not venomous. Boas do not chase their prey. Instead, they wait until a small animal passes by and then they grab it and hold onto it with small, hooked teeth. Then they wrap their bodies around their prey and constrict, or squeeze tightly, until the animal they've caught stops breathing. Boa constrictors eat porcupines, rats, squirrels, birds, monkeys, bats, opossums, and mongooses.
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