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Madagascar tree boa

Dumeril's boa

Madagascar ground boa

















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Madagascar Boas:

Sanzinia Madagascariensis:

Also known as the Madagascar tree boa.  In our opinion, these have an overall appearance that resembles that of the North American diamondback rattlesnake.  There seems to be different localities specific specimens that differ in both basic colours and overall average adult lengths.  For example, some areas are predominate with jade green specimens while other areas will have bluish grey animals, yet other localities will have mostly reddish brown animals.  Most, if not all, will have the classic diamondback pattern. As adults they average from 1.5 to 2 metres.   Sanzinia’s will give birth to litters averaging twelve young or so.  These neonates are large enough at birth to feed on small fuzzy mice or newborn rats.

Acrantophis Dumerili:

The Dumeril’s is the more commonly known and kept of the Madagascar boas this might be due to their ease of reproduction in captivity, making them readily available and inexpensive. Most adult Dumeril’s reach 1.5 to 2 metres in total length. This makes them an average size boa. Dumeril’s boas are known for their bold and colourful patterns. They are endowed with rich earthy tones of gold, beige and brown but also covered with bright peach, orange and pink hues. The overall patterning resembles that of a flower motif. These boas usually have litters that range from 6 to 12 babies. These neonates are large enough at birth to eat hopper mice to fuzzy rats.

Acrantophis Madagascariensis:

Also known as the Madagascar ground boa. The overall resemblance is similar to the Dumeril’s boas although the pattern is not as defined or as high a contrast as that of the Dumeril’s. They are less commonly known in captivity perhaps due to the fact that they have much smaller litters, and seem a little more complex to breed. They are also much more costly. These boas achieve a larger adult size ranging from 1.8 to 2.5 metres in length. Although they have smaller litters, the resulting neonates are rather large at birth and can easily feed on small rats.