Giant boa

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Giant boa
The giant boa in King Kong (1976)
Alternate names Skull Island boa, giant python, Skull Island python, giant snake
Species Giant boa constrictor
Enemies King Kong
First appearance King Kong (1976)
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The giant boa is a large snake native to Skull Island that appeared in the 1976 film King Kong.


The prop built for the snake weighed 80 pounds.[1]


King Kong (1976)

After King Kong brought Dwan back to his lair on Skull Island, he was suddenly attacked by a giant boa constrictor. Kong lunged at the serpent to keep it away from Dwan. The boa constricted itself around Kong and tried to crush him. While the giant ape was distracted, Jack Prescott arrived and rescued Dwan. When Kong saw Prescott take Dwan away, he became enraged and grabbed the boa's jaws, tearing them apart. Kong tossed the giant snake's lifeless body aside and pursued his bride back to the village on the outskirts of the jungle.


  • The giant boa is the only other monster besides King Kong himself to appear in the 1976 remake. Unlike in the other versions of the story, Kong never does battle with any dinosaurs on Skull Island, and his brief skirmish with the giant boa is the only monster battle in the film.
    • There were, however, initial plans to include a single stop motion dinosaur to battle the live action King Kong suit actor but these were dropped for time and scheduling reasons.[2]
  • King Kong's fight against the giant boa is approximately two minutes longer in the extended version of the film broadcast on NBC in 1978.[3]
  • The giant boa is the second snake monster to battle King Kong, the first being the Giant Sea Serpent from King Kong Escapes. The giant boa may also be inspired by the serpentine Elasmosaurus that battled King Kong in the original 1933 film.
  • Kong's jaw-breaking technique against the giant boa echoes his slaying of the Meat-Eater in his debut film.


This is a list of references for Giant boa. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Hatch, Judith; Bahrenburg, Bruce (April 1977). The Story Behind King Kong. Reader's Digest Services. p. 37.
  2. LeMay, John (14 March 2019). Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island. Self-published. p. 376. ISBN 978-1798077993.
  3. - King Kong (Comparison: Theatrical Version - TV Extended Cut


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