Breathe Easy: Boa Constrictors Don't Suffocate Their Prey
If you thought boa constrictors suffocated their prey, these researchers say you're mistaken. Here's what actually happens at mealtime.By Kate Grumke | July 23, 2015
For years, scientists thought when boa constrictors wrap tightly around their prey, they were suffocating their dinner.
But it turns out that theory was probably wrong.
Researchers from Dickinson College wanted to find out what's really happening when boa constrictors kill their food. They discovered the snake is actually cutting off the animal's blood, not its air.