What better way to start the week off than by featuring another one of our snakes – the Madagascar ground boa!
This species is only found in Madagascar, up to elevations of 800 meters. Their coloration of brown, black and tan allows them to camouflage against the leaves found in their natural habitat. Although their average size is around 8 feet, there’s no need to be scared of these giants! They are nonvenomous and kill their prey like rodents and bats by constriction. Boas are more like us than you’d think; they give birth to live young! While these babies are ready to fend for themselves from day one, humans need a bit more help from mom.
Although the Madagascar ground boa is classified as Least Concerned on the IUCN Red List, two of their biggest threats that affect their population include the pet market and leather industry.