Madagascar tree boa in exhibit

Madagascar Tree Boa

Scientific Name

Sanzinia madagascariensis

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Range

Madagascar

Habitat

Tropical rainforests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Madagascar tree boa in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Madagascar tree boas are medium-sized snakes measuring up to five feet in length. Females are usually larger than males, but both have green-brown scales that feature dark patches with a white or yellow center. They are nocturnal, hunting their prey at night. These solitary snakes only come together to breed. Females are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young. Newborns, born in litters of up to 16, are only about 25 centimeters long.

Interesting Fact 1

Despite their name, Madagascar tree boas spend most of their time on the rainforest floor, using trees only to hunt for food.

Interesting Fact 2

During their six-month gestational period, females develop a deeper skin color that helps them incubate their eggs, which are stored inside their body.

Interesting Fact 3

Newborns are red, which may serve to warn off predators and provide camouflage among treetop flowers.

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