Conserving Samoa's Natural Heritage


Learn more about the creatures who have roamed this earth for almost 200 million years!

rmi030991)Pacific Boa
Common Name:Fiji Island Boa, Pacific Boa, Solomon Island Tree Boa
Scientific Name:Candoia bibroni
Did You Know?
• Their scales are made of keratin, this is the same thing our fingernails are made from!
• They do not have ears or eyelids, they also have bad eye sight so they rely on their heat sensors to pick up vibrations of their prey. When they strike they have a near 100% success rate!
• The Pacific Boa is NOT venomous and is not harmful to humans. It feeds on lizards, birds, and rats.
Habitat:The Pacific boa is found in trees, bushes and rock clefts in a range of forests. The Pacific Boa is widespread throughout the Pacific and is native to Samoa; Fiji; New Caledonia; American Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna.
Conservation Status:The Pacific Boa is of least concern (IUCN Global Status).

Common Name:Green Sea Turtle
Scientific Name:Chelonia mydas
Did You Know?
• The temperature of the beach where the eggs are laid and mature can influence the sex ratio of the hatchlings. If it’s too hot, more males are born.
• When they are born they are only 5cm but they can grow up to 1.5meters, this makes them the largest of the hard-shell sea turtles.
Habitat:The green sea turtle migrates between its feeding grounds in the western Pacific, primarily Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and the eastern Pacific where it comes to mate and lay eggs.
Conservation Status: The Green Sea Turtle is listed as endangered (IUCN Global Status).

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