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Cuban boas can grow up to 4.5 metres long, and are the largest snake in the Caribbean. They hunt mainly rats, lizards, birds and bats which they catch on the wing as they emerge from caves. Endemic to Cuba, this boa is becoming rare around areas of human habitation as it is often killed by people, believing that the snakes targets domestic fowl.
However, snakes have a vital role maintaining low numbers of mice and rats which is highly beneficial to humans.