Acrantophis dumerili 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Boidae

Scientific Name: Acrantophis dumerili Jan, 1860
Common Name(s):
English Dumeril's Boa, Madagascar Ground Boa
French Boa de Duméril, Boa des savanes de Duméril
Taxonomic Notes:

Specimens in the south and southeast require further taxonomic study (Glaw and Vences 2007). The northernmost records might be a hybrid zone with A. madagascariensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-24
Assessor(s): Raxworthy, C.J., Ramanamanjato, J.-B. & Randriamahazo, H.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Listed as Least Concern, as it is widespread, adaptable and is subject to no significant threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Madagascar where it is widespread in the south and southwest of the island, occurring from near Bemaraha in the north, to Morondava and Toliara on the west coast and Sainte Luce on the east coast (Glaw and Vences 2007). The snake's extent of occurrence is estimated to be 242,716 km², and it has been reported from between sea level and 1,300 m.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
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Population [top]

Population:This species is relatively common in southern and central Madagascar (Glaw and Vences 2007).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This species inhabits intact and disturbed dry forest and thorn bush at low and mid-elevations (Glaw and Vences 2007). It is also found in savanna settings on the central highlands. It can be encountered in disturbed habitats such as eucalyptus forests and villages. It is usually terrestrial and larger specimens are cathemeral whilst juveniles are mostly nocturnal. It is viviparous and litters consist of 6-13 small juveniles. It feeds on wild terrestrial vertebrates as well as domestic poultry.

Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Duméril's Boa is used in small numbers for the leather trade. It is also used for food by Chinese communities. It is collected for the international pet trade, but in much reduced number than in the past. Although it is listed under CITES Appendix I if any international trade is to be allowed in the future there still need to be export controls for this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species appears to withstand forest degradation and no major threats have been identified. It is killed by local people as it is considered bad luck and likely predates domestic chickens.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is on Appendix I of CITES and all international trade in live animals, or body parts, is prohibited. It has been recorded in most of the protected areas within its range. More information on its ecology in the wild is needed, in addition to a taxonomic assessment of populations in the southeast and north.

Citation: Raxworthy, C.J., Ramanamanjato, J.-B. & Randriamahazo, H. 2011. Acrantophis dumerili. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T282A13054798. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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