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Duméril’s ground boa

Acrantophis dumerili

Duméril’s ground boa

The Dumeril’s ground boa originates from Madagascar. It is a relatively large, ground-swelling snake. This snake’s skin is a pattern of brown, tan and black which provides excellent camouflage when lying in the leaf litter of the forest. As an ambush hunter it uses this camouflage to wait for small animals to come close and then bursts out with amazing speed, seizes and then constricts the prey.

Unlike other snakes and reptiles that lay eggs, boas hold their eggs inside the body and the babies are born live.


Animal class


Diet - Carnivore
The Duméril’s boa eats mainly small mammals, birds and lizards.

This snake can measure up to 1.8 metres.

The Duméril’s ground boa is found in the dry forests of south western Madagascar.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers the Duméril’s ground boa to not yet be threatened with extinction in the wild.

The main threat to the Dumeril’s ground boa is deforestation. This reptile is also hunted for food and for the pet trade.

Current population
The exact number of Dumeril’s ground boa in the wild is not currently known.

Zoo population
There are 300 Dumeril’s ground boas living in zoos worldwide.