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Madagascar Tree Boa Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Sanzinia madagascariensis
  • Class

    Reptiles
  • Order

    Serpentes
  • Range

    Found only on Madagascar.

  • Habitat

    Tropical rainforests

  • Niche

    As the name indicates, Madagascar tree boas hunt for small prey in trees. Heat-sensitive pits near the snake’s mouth help it locate birds, bats and other mammals. They are non-venomous constrictors, suffocating prey in strong coils.

  • Life History

    Males compete as part of the mating process, and females give birth to anywhere from 1–16 live offspring. When gravid (carrying eggs internally), females develop a deeper skin color.

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