|Scientific Name:||Acrantophis dumerili|
|Species Authority:||Jan, 1860|
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.
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|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.
|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.|
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|Population:||This species is relatively common in southern and central Madagascar (Glaw and Vences 2007).|
|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.
|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:||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. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.|
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