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Jake is a boa constrictor nonvenomous snake, and as this name implies, he can suffocate prey by coiling around it – and squeezing.  Boas usually live on their own, and are nocturnal but may bask during the day when night-time temperatures are too low.  Boas are carnivores and ambush predators, eating small mammals, birds and other reptiles.  Their metabolism is slow, and they may not eat for a week between meals.