The Boa constrictor was first documented on Aruba in 1999 and they have since rapidly expanded their population size and distribution across the island. A DNA study by Dr. Bushar and colleagues revealed that the boa constrictor invasion on Aruba is most likely the result of the release or escape of a small number of unrelated captive snakes.
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Bushar, L.M., R.G. Reynolds, S. Tucker, L.C. Pace, W.I. Lutterschmidt, R.A. Odum, and H.K. Reinert. 2015. Genetic characterization of an invasive Boa constrictor population on the Caribbean island of Aruba, Journal of Herpetology 49)
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