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Madagascar’s wildlife, including the Dumeril’s ground boa, is suffering from habitat loss as forests are converted into lands suitable for grazing and agricultural use. The boa’s survival is in danger also from hunting out of fear, superstition, and for their skins. The Zoo participates in a breeding program for the threatened ground predator.

dumeril's ground boa looking up

Did You Know?

Among the Leaves: The Dumeril’s boa’s black and brown coloring enables it to hide among the leaf litter on the forest floor.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Acrantopis dumerili

Southwestern Madagascar

Dry forest

4 to 6.5 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Small mammals, birds, lizards, and frogs

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)