Gsllery Already extinct on the islands of the Taboga complex!

Boa c. sabogae – already extinct on the islands of the Taboga complex!

Distribution areaThe Pearl Islands and the islands of Cha Mar, Taboga und Tabogilla 22 km off the coast of Panama

Estimated average length of mature females We think that the females can reach almost 6 ft in length

Particularity It is rather dubious whether there are any healthy populations left in the distribution area Taboga

Taxonomic statusBoa c. sabogae is a valid subspecies in accordance with the CITES law

proven Bloodline
already extinct


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About the author:
Jeff Murray is an expert about Panama and the boa constrictors of this country. To the best of our knowledge he was the first one who has ever shown a photo of a true Boa c. sabogae on the internet. Before, almost nobody knew how these boas look like.


Here is his report:
I first went to Panama in 1976 (1 month), I went again in 1983 (1 month), again in 1994 (1 month) and finally was assigned to Fort Sherman, Panama in 1997 for 12 months as part of the Jungle Operations Training Center.

During my tour in 1994 I went to Taboga Island and captured a single specimen of sabogae.  This specimen is the one pictured on my web site. I found no other specimens, even after offering a reward to the teenagers of $20.00 per animal (much money for that location). 

Sabogae was so scarce that I had to show them a picture of an imperator so they would understand what I was looking for.

During my tour from 1997-1998 I went to Taboga 4 times and never found another specimen of sabogae after climbing the hills, or small mountains several days in a row (even after offering money to the local kids for the capture of specimens).  I found poison dart frogs, huge marine toads, monster tarantulas and the like but never anymore boas.

I am grateful to you for sticking with the difficult task of red tape and cost to ensure that these animals eventually make it into the hands of people that are sincere about the propagation of the rare boa constrictors because if you have seen what I have seen happen to the island of Saboga, you understand that they are a doomed, yet beautiful, subspecies.