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Madagascar Tree Boa Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Sanzinia madagascariensis
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Found in Madagascar.

  • Status

    Madagascar tree boas are considered a Species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  • Habitat

    These snakes inhabit trees and shrubs in tropical rainforests. Compared to other tree boas, they are less arboreal, using trees only for hunting.

  • Niche

    Madagascar tree boas are nocturnal and constrict their prey.

  • Life History

    These solitary snakes come together only to breed. Males will compete for females as part of the breeding process. During their six-month gestation period, females develop a deeper skin color. They are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young, around 1-16 total. Newborns are 25 centimeters long and red in color, although their scales gradually fade over their first year.


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