Ground boa

At the Cincinnati Zoo in Jungle Trails.

Madagascar’s wildlife, including the Dumeril’s ground boa (Boa dumerili), 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 captive breeding program for the threatened ground predator.


  • Where to see them: Southwestern Madagascar
  • Length: 4 to 6 ft
  • Habitat: Dry Forest
  • Diet: Small mammals, birds, lizards, and frogs
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