What Is a Dumeril's Boa?

What Is a Dumeril's Boa?

What Is a Dumeril's Boa?

A Dumeril's boa is a non-venomous boa constrictor species native to Madagascar. The large, ground-dwelling snake grows to about 6.5 feet in length and has a brown, tan and black pattern, with some snakes exhibiting pink or copper coloration.

Its intricate coloring provides camouflage against the forest and savanna floor, enabling it to remain undetected by prey. The boa uses heat-sensitive pits to detect small mammals and birds, which are taken by ambush and succumb to suffocation through constriction. In the wild, Dumeril's boa is often poached for its skin and destroyed for its tendency to attack livestock. It also faces habitat encroachment and is often captured for its popularity in the pet trade.