PacSci Perspectives

Watching Esteban Eat…Finally

by | Oct 24, 2016

Esteban, our nearly 15-year-old Red Tailed Boa Constrictor is a notoriously private eater. The rats we feed him always disappear, but it is a rare sight to see him eat. In fact, we feed him on Mondays, because typically there are fewer guests to disappoint when this big guy doesn’t eat right away. We believe that since Esteban was raised in captivity he is very aware that we only feed him pre-killed rats and he knows that he can take his time before eating them. Despite the fact that we know Esteban’s easygoing behavior, it is extremely difficult, even for us, to curb our enthusiasm when we put a rat in. Unfortunately, we have lots of other animals to take care of, so we typically have to step away before he shows interest.

Thanks to Jenna, a Pacific Science Center guest, we now have video of Esteban eating a rat, on one of those rare occasions that he let anyone watch. This video embedded below recorded last spring, shows that it takes a while for him to get going. If you don’t have 10 minutes to spare, the 5-minute mark of the video is a good place to start.

Thank you, Jenna, for your steady hands and your patience. We can now tell people that if they miss out on seeing Esteban eat in person, they can check out your video online.