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Madagascar tree boa

Sanzinia madagascariensis

Madagascar tree boa

A female Madagascar tree boa is ovoviviparous. It does not lay its eggs. It keeps them and incubates
them within its own body and the babies are born live.

A single female can give birth to up to 12 young at a time, each about 38 cm in length.

When a female is carrying eggs, its skin colour darkens. This adaptation provides increased heat absorption for the developing young.

After giving birth, the colour returns to normal as soon as it next sheds its skin. The newly born babies are a bright red, probably as a warning to predators.

Animal class

Swamps and forests

Diet - Carnivore
Madagascar tree boa's eat small mammals and birds..

The Madagascar tree boa's body length can be up to 160 centimetres.

Madagascar tree boa's are located in Madagascar near streams, rivers, ponds and swamps.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers that the Madagascar tree boa is not yet facing a risk of extinction in the wild.

No major threats have been identified.

Current population
The Madagascar tree boa is widespread and the population is stable.

Zoo population
The Madagascar tree boa is managed under a European Studbook Programme (ESB). There are around 260 Madagascar tree boas in zoos world wide.