Constrictor snakes were large snakes found throughout Faerûn. Common constrictor snake species encountered were anacondas, boas and reticulated pythons. They were one of the species counted as serpents.
Constrictor snakes had a similar appearance to a regular snake but their proportions were much larger. They had large scales, sharp fangs that curved inwards and strong muscles. Large constrictor snakes could reach lengths of up to 30 ft (9.1 m).
Constrictor snakes were ambush predators. They either dropped onto a target from above or slowly approached their prey while they were sleeping. They bit into their prey with their sharp fangs, anchoring them while they used their powerful muscles to constrict their prey, causing slow suffocation.
Some constrictor snakes possessed an innate magical ability to charm a target, causing temporary paralyzation.
- Boa constrictors were a species noted for having patterns of blotches on their scales that acted as camouflage.
Constrictor snakes were obligate carnivores. A constrictor snake was large enough to kill and consume a small to medium-sized humanoid. Their jaws have evolved to allow them to eat large prey. The jaw became unhinged from their skull, and the lower jaw had a special elastic ligament which allowed it to spread into two halves.
The skin of a constrictor snake was a sought after item in many markets. A good quality skin could cost a buyer up to 100 gp. Scaled Ones were known to mix the blood of constrictors with the venom of vipers to concoct the restorative hooloond oil.
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