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Acrantophis madagascariensis

Acrantophis madagascariensis
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-11-30
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-02 14:53
Viewed: 328
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After the classic animals of Madagascar, lemurs and chameleons, today I show you a surprise, not so easy to meet. It was a rather disturbing meeting on the first impact, but when we were reassured that it was a Boa species, we reassured ourselves. The 3-meter-long snake was sleeping peacefully on a tree in the Lokobe forest. It is not poisonous but it is usual to tighten up its victims until they are suffocated. For him we may be too big!

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Genus: Acrantophis
Species: A. madagascariensis

Acrantophis madagascariensis is a species of boid snake in the subfamily Sanziniinae that is endemic to the island of Madagascar. Its common names include Malagasy ground boa and Madagascar boa.
This species is included in the Boidae family of snakes, subfamily Sanziniinae. No subspecies are currently recognized by ITIS.
Adult females can be up to 10 feet (3.05 metres), males are typically smaller, the average size of the population is 8 feet (2.44 m) in length.This is the largest snake species found on the island of Madagascar. Acrantophis madagascariensis, like others in the family, dispatch their prey by constriction.
The color pattern consists of a pale reddish-brown ground color mixed with gray, overlaid with a pattern dorsal rhombs outlined with black or brown. Sometimes this creates a vague zigzag impression. The sides are patterned a series of black ovoid markings with reddish blotches, often bordered or centered with white.Endemic to Madagascar.Occurs in the central, northern and western parts of the island. The type locality given is "Madagascar."
The species usually occurs in sparse, open woodland such as the Madagascar dry deciduous forests.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-03-02 17:55]

Surprise, looking such gaint snack. Though in many culture and society it is placed at a very crucial stage but in many tropical island or countries not treating that bad, have a good day.
Nice shot.

Ciao Luciano, i serpenti proprio non li mando giù, comunque gran cattura, ma certi tipi di abbraccio meglio evitarli, bravissimo e coraggioso, buona domenica, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Interesting meeting, not dangerous as I see....You are alive!
HE, HE it was a joke....

Beautiful snake, Luciano, but I'm mortally scared of all snakes.
The angle of exposure is well selected to give a complete impression of it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-03-03 2:04]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful photo of this boa in its natural surroundings. Nice to see the snake in its whole. A very special meeting, I'm jealous.

Great capture Luciano.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-03 22:18]


Bonjour Luciano,

Les branches cadrent bien le serpent. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Grand Boa Constrictor de Madagascar. La lumière donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hi Luciano,
Definitely not an everyday meeting, but something you'll always remember in your life I guess. Despite the background is very busy, the photo's effective, I can easily imagine myself into the rainforests of Madagascar, in a guided tour, looking at living creatures I've never seen before... Thanks for this feeling, and of course for posting this image.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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