The Dumeril’s Boa, Acrantophis dumerili, is a species of boa endemic to the island of Madagascar. Found along the western coast and southwestern regions of Madagascar, it is a semi-arid habitat that gets fairly low amounts of rainfall. Along with many other species of animals, these boas are in danger of extinction if deforestation continues at its current rate.
Dumeril’s Boas grow to around 6 – 7 feet long, though larger snakes are not unknown. Males have longer, flatter tails, while females are generally larger overall. They are nocturnal carnivores. Their diet consists of small animals, such as birds, lizards, and small mammals. They use constriction to subdue their prey. The mating season is March through May. Six to eight months after mating the female lays 6 – 28 live young which mature in 3 to 5 years.
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