|Scientific Name:||Leioheterodon madagascariensis (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854)|
Heterodon madagascariensis Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Raxworthy, C.J. & Hawlitschek, O.|
|Reviewer(s):||Glaw, F., Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.|
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large overall population, and because it presumably has a stable population.
|Range Description:||This snake is endemic to Madagascar, where it is widespread throughout the island (Glaw and Vences 2007). An introduced population of this species occupies a small area on Grande Comoro island (Meirte 2004), but this population is apparently not extensive and its continued persistence has not been confirmed recently.|
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|Current Population Trend:||Stable|
|Habitat and Ecology:|
This large diurnal, terrestrial snake uses a wide range of habitats, including varied artificial settings as well as native humid and dry forest, shrubland and grassland. It preys on small birds, rodents, and reptile eggs.
|Use and Trade:||
This species is not thought to be traded or used.
|Major Threat(s):||There are no known threats to this species, which appears highly tolerant of forest degradation.|
|Conservation Actions:||This widespread species is present in a range of protected areas throughout Madagascar.|
|Citation:||Raxworthy, C.J. & Hawlitschek, O. 2011. Leioheterodon madagascariensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T172892A6936933.Downloaded on 18 December 2017.|
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