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Dumeril’s Boa

Dumeril’s boa is a medium-sized, terrestrial, non-poisonous snake occurring in Madagascar and Reunion Island. There are no subspecies of this snake. They are known to be docile in nature and make excellent pets. Females tend to be larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Boidae
    Subfamily Sanziniinae
    Genus Acrantophis
    Scientific Name Acrantophis dumerili


    Other Names Madagascar Ground Boa
    Length Around 6.5 ft

    Largest specimen: 8 ft, 6 in

    Weight Up to 20 lbs
    Color Ground color is gray-brown with dark patches
    Distribution Madagascar, Reunion Island
    Habitat Semi-arid regions with low rainfall, thornbush, savanna, woodland, grassland, tropical forest, open forest
    Diet Birds, lizards, small mammals, other snakes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during cooler months
    Predators Fossas, dogs, cats, birds of prey, other snakes (including own species), small mammals and pigs eat young ones
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season March – May
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 6 to 28
    Gestation Period 4 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age 3 – 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 20 years or more
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 17th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 21st August 2018.

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