It might not sound right, but look for our Madagascar tree boas curled up on the ground taking a nap. These snakes really only use the trees when they’re hunting so during the day they’ll be saving their energy. At night, wild Madagascar tree boas use the heat-sensitive pits their mouths to hunt for prey in complete darkness.

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Snakes are not slimy! Their scales are similar to fingernails and they are actually dry and slightly rough to the touch.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Sanzinia madagascariensis




Length of Up to 2 m (6.6 ft.)

Conservation Status

Least Concern


Forested areas near rivers, streams, ponds and swamps.


Small mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs.