Malagasy Tree Boa

The Malagasy Tree Boa is a non-venomous boa species found on the island of Madagascar. Adults can average 4-5 feet in length. Females are normally large than males.

Thermoreceptive pits are located between the labial scales. The Malagasy Tree Boa will use its thermoreceptive pits to help locate its prey. It will leave the trees to actively hunt for small mammals on the ground. It mostly feeds on mammals and birds.

Females give birth to up to 12 young at a time, each about 15 inches in length. When females become gravid their skin colour darks. This adaptation provides increased heat absorption for the developing young.

Malagasy Tree Boa @ Safari Niagara

  • Find our Malagasy Tree Boa at the Safari Niagara reptile exhibit.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Genus: Sanzinia
Species: S. madagascariensis

Did you know?

  • The Malagasy Tree Boa as classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2006.
  • It is now listed as Least Concern (LC) as it is widespread, present in heavily degraded habitats and it is not subject to any known or suspected threats.
  • The Malagasy Tree Boa is nocturnal.