This snake instills fear in some people, but Chad N., a guest services representative at the Vancouver Aquarium, can’t understand why.

He has chosen the boa constrictor (Boa constrictor) as January’s Staff Pick of the Month, saying, “There’s something very regal about snakes.” But that’s something others would disagree with.

Chad works near the 4D Theatre and says he has a good chance to see visitor reaction to this reptile.

Chad, a Vancouver Aquarium staff member, poses in front of the boa constrictor exhibit.

Chad, a Vancouver Aquarium staff member, poses in front of the boa constrictor exhibit.

“Either everyone is amazed or revolted. I hear a lot of people walk by her and just give the most disgusted face or get the wrong impression that she’ll strangle and eat them.”

Boa constrictors, just like their name suggests, squeeze (constrict) their prey until it suffocates. That might mean a rat, a small bird or even a large lizard. Then they swallow their prey whole – no chewing needed here.

These reptiles have distinctive patterns and colours on their bodies – all the better for camouflaging in tropical habitats from Central to South America.

“Golden brown eyes atop of a body of silky, smooth scales. She’s a beautiful creature.”

Chad would like people to give this misunderstood snake a chance and wants to promote “more knowledge on how wonderful these creatures are and how important they are to the environment.”

Come see “Pisco” (as she is known) in the Canaccord Financial Exploration Gallery.