Madagascar Tree Boa

Latin Name
Sanzinia madagascariensis

Class
Reptiles

Order
Serpentes

Description

Madagascar tree boas typically have green-to-brown scales featuring dark patches with white centers, although there is also a yellow variety. They average 4–5 feet in length; females are usually larger than males.


 

Range

Found only on Madagascar.


Status

The Madagascar tree boa is listed as a Species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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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