Dumeril’s Ground Boa

(Acrantophis dumerili)

Reptile

Animal Info

The Zoo is home to three Dumeril’s ground boas, a male named Spaz and a female named Ursula, and their male offspring named Triton. Spaz was born at the Zoo in 1998, while Triton was born in August 2018. Triton is currently a part of the Zoo’s ambassador animal collection.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. Listed as CITES Appendix I, which puts strict limits on its exportation from Madagascar. Their numbers are declining due to habitat destruction in order to create agricultural areas or grazing for livestock; they are killed due to fear and superstition. Their skins are sold in the markets of Madagascar as well as other countries. They are also exported to be sold in the pet trade. Diet Small animals such as birds, lizards and frogs.

Habitat

The Dumeril’s ground boa is found along the western coast and southwestern regions of Madagascar. The preferred habitat of this reptile is a semi-arid forested area with low amounts of rainfall.

Diet

Small animals such as birds, lizards and frogs.

Did you know?

Six to eight months after mating, females give birth to a litter anywhere from around 6 up to nearly 30 babies, each measuring 12 to 18 inches.

Dumeril’s have some interesting behavior differences from most other boa species, particularly their style of ambush hunting.

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