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Madagascar Tree Boa

Madagascar tree boa is a large to medium size non-poisonous snake endemic to Madagascar. At present, there are two recognized subspecies of this snake. It is less arboreal than other tree boas, spending a lot of time on the ground. They are nocturnal and kill their prey by constriction. Males are smaller than females.

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

    Other Names Malagasy Tree Boa
    Length Around 5 – 6 ft
    Weight 7 – 13 lbs
    Color Comprises of two color variations- one group  is green to grayish-green while the other is yellow, orange and brown
    Distribution Madagascar
    Habitat Forested areas near streams, rivers, swamps, ponds
    Diet Small mammals, birds
    Predators Birds of prey, fossa
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season November to February
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size Up to 12
    Gestation Period 6 months
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan In Wild: Around 15 years
    In Captivity: Up to 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 18th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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