Dumeril’s Boa

Acrantophis dumerili

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Dumeril’s Boas can only be found in dry areas of the island Madagascar.  The common name for ‘snake’ in Malagasy, the native language of Madagascar, is "bibilava”.  This snake can wiggle the tip of its tail to try and tempt its prey to come closer to where the snakes head is waiting motionlessly.

Home: Madagascar.

Lifestyle: Terrestrial, residing amongst southern and southwestern dry forest and scrublands of the island. Their markings and colour help them camouflage amongst the dry leaf litter of the forest floor, preferring to rest amongst tree roots and abandoned burrows. Active throughout the day and night, remaining still for long periods of time, waiting for prey to pass, striking when in range.

Diet: Small mammals and birds. They can use their tail as a lure to attract unsuspecting prey.

Young: 6-13 young are born live and are fully independent, growing rapidly if there is enough food.

Lifespan: 30 years in captivity.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Dumeril's Boa