A family of snakes comprising the boas,anacondas,and pythons. They occupy a variety of habitats through the tropics and subtropics and are arboreal,aquatic or fossorial (burrowing). Some are oviparous,others ovoviviparous. Contrary to popular opinion,they do not crush the bones of their victims: their coils exert enough pressure to stop a prey's breathing,thus suffocating it. There are five subfamilies: Boinae,Bolyerinae,Erycinae,Pythoninae,and Tropidophiinae. (Goin,Goin,and Zug,Introduction to Herpetology,3d ed,p315-320)
- in matters of finance, monsieur grandet combined the characteristics of the tiger and the boa constrictor.
- it was that of the boa constrictor from the outside
- "better wear that boa about your throat to night.
- i do not want an elephant inside a boa constrictor
- my favorate star is boa ? ( i'm crazy about her