The Boonshoft Museum is happy to announce the acquisition of a new red-tailed boa constrictor for the Discovery Zoo. BOONSHOFT MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY

Boonshoft’s Discovery Zoo needs your help naming its new red-tailed resident 

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery needs the community’s help naming its newest resident. 

A female red-tailed boa constrictor, who now resides in the museum’s Discovery Zoo, was introduced to the public just days ago. 

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The boa currently weighs 10 pounds and is 4½ feet long. It could grow to be 10-feet long and weigh 50 pounds when it is full grown. 

“The Boonshoft Museum has a long history of animal education and conservation, and we are so excited to continue that with our newest zoo resident,” Stephanie Hylinski, curator of live animals, said in a press release. 

Stephanie Hylinski, curator of live animals at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, and a new red-tailed boa. BOONSHOFT MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY

“Not only do they make a big impression, but larger snakes like our new red-tailed boa can help us teach visitors about snake biology, as well as the crucial role snakes play in their local ecosystem.” 

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The Boonshoft Museum is asking for help choosing a name for the constrictor from three options: Ruby, Rosa or Val (for Valentine). 

Cast your vote on the museum’s website or for those visiting the museum, ballots can be found at the snake enclosure in the Bieser Education Center. The deadline to submit votes is 5 p.m. March 3, 2019.



WHAT: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

WHERE: 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton

WHEN: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $14.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (60+), and $11.50 for children (3-17). Children under 3 and members are free. 

MORE INFO: or (937) 275-7431