Please note: 
• On Free Fun Friday, August 26, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. 
• Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 27, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic, and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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Rosy Boa

Lichanura trivirgata

Rosyboa Gallery

About the Rosy Boa

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Geographic Range:

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Class: Reptilia  
Order: Squamata  
Family: Boidae  
Genus: Lichanura  
Species: trivirgata 

Among the smallest members of the boa family, the rosy boa prefers the rocky terrain of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The rosy boa compensates for its vulnerable size with a clever way of warding off predators—rolling itself into a ball with its head in the center, and then releasing a foul-smelling musk from gland in its tail. This habit of coiling around its own head appears to make it difficult for predators, like birds of prey, to kill or even handle a rosy boa.