On Thursday, 7News showed you the 27 boa constrictors which were found in our Channel 7 office, and we also shared the comments by our snake catching neighbor.
Well, the experts at the Belize Zoo contacted us to say that he made come erroneous comments, and in fairness to wildlife they would like to set the record straight.
The first is that boas are not venomous, and that they are non-aggressive for the most part.
And how did they give us this education? Of course, It was only by allowing us to meet resident snake ambassador, Bal Boa, who’s dealt with thousands of humans in her time at the Zoo.
Here’s what the Zoo’s environmental educator told us about Bal Boa, and about her species in general-
Jamal Andrewin - Environmental Educator, Belize Zoo
"Bal Boa would probably have me out of a job if she would be able to speak. She's our resident Boa educator/ambassador for her species - she meets about 13,000 school kids we get here a year at the zoo and her job is to be their meet and greet as they come into the zoo. We give them an introduction to the park then they head there and meet Bal Boa and her job is to educate them - the most misconception for Belizeans is that all snakes are venomous and all of them bite and that they are all dangerous. Her job is to show them that Boa Constrictors are very passive snakes - they don't mean harm, if you leave them alone - they leave u alone. They don't strike unless they are very much threatened or like a mom that has a clutch of babies she's looking at. Their job in the forest or in ecology is rodent control - they love to hunt animals like frogs, small birds but especially rats. If you find them in Belize City or those urban areas - they are rat hunters or even in farms they keep the rodent population in check. If you come across one, it's very easy to call someone to relocate them and no harm is done."
Tomorrow, we’ll show you Rose the Crocodile, who the authorities thought would never hatch while she was in her egg.