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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dumerils Ground Boa by Dennis Stewart

Whats not to like about this large Snake, especially this cool endangered species native to southern Madagascar; the Dumerils Ground Boa

Physical description: 

The Dumeril's boa has a gray-brown ground color with darker patches. The patchy pattern offers camouflage against the leaf-strewn forest floor. It usually grows to lengths up to about 220cm, but larger individuals have been reported. It has the vertical pupils of a nocturnal animal. Lifespan: up to 30 years in captivity.

Dumeril's boa is a nocturnal hunter. It seems to prefer smaller animals like birds and lizards. Like other boas, it subdues its prey by constriction, which prevents the prey from breathing. Scent gland release a mixture of organic acids that may serve as pheromones. African boas are related to South American boas. Another large African boid is the Madagascar ground boa.

Dumeril Ground Boa Constrictor

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