One of Liberty Science Center’s largest snakes is the Dumeril’s boa.
During a recent measurement of our snakes, our boa weighed 29.19 pounds and measured 83.46 inches long. That’s pretty big compared to the ball python and scarlet kingsnake!
In the wild, Dumeril’s boa snakes can be found in Madagascar. The species is currently listed as CITES Appendix I, which means that it is threatened with extinction. Threats include human persecution and deforestation (only about 10 percent of Madagascar’s forests remain).
The species name, “dumerili,” is in honor of French herpetologist André Marie Constant Duméril.
Come meet our fascinating snakes on your next visit to LSC! They can be found in our Eat and Be Eaten exhibition, along with 100+ animal species.