Madagascan Ground Boas

Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushbaby » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:08 pm

Thought I would finally share pics of my Madagascan Ground Boas Acrantophis madagascariensis.

They are all related, but all 3 differ from each other. Hope you like the pics (and more importantly the specimens).

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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby MikeW » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:48 pm

The are really awesome boas,, when will you try to breed from them?
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Mitton » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:57 pm

Really nice! How old are they now, is there 1 male and 2 females?
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushbaby » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:04 pm

Thanks. They are about a year old now, so still a while before they will be breeding. It's 2 males and a female. I'm happy with those odds... for now.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Crested Gecko » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:42 am

The snake looks fantastic. I like its patterns!
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Strictly_Snakes » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:35 am

BB those are some nice snakes :)
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushbaby » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:24 am

Thanks. I also think they're damn nice. They have a wonderful feeding response, and I can handle them without worrying that they are going to bite.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Constrictor Girl » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:16 am

These are next on my list!! Am dying for a pair of hatchlings!!

Yours are gorgeous!!
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Karin » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:56 am

They are gorgeous! How big do they get?
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushbaby » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:43 pm

Thanks Constrictor girl & Karin. I'm not 100% sure. I've seen them at around 1.5 meters, but I'm not sure how big they can / are supposed to get.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby mgiddings » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:45 pm

BB, there is a HUGE one at chameleon village! When I saw it I could not believe it was a madagascan ground boa lol

If anyone is going there soon, check it out.
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushbaby » Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:07 pm

Okay, according to wikipedia, they grow to about 2.5meters. Oops :)
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby mgiddings » Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:12 pm

Thats more like the size of the one at Chameleon village lol :)
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby garth » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:25 am

Beautiful snakes BB. Do you know their lineage out of interest?
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Re: Madagascan Ground Boas

Postby Bushviper » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:17 am

Garth all the local Madagascan boas were imported just before CITES closed the trade down in 1976 and from there they were bred in reasonable numbers. Some new genetic material was obtained from Houston zoo about 10 years ago but other than that most of them originated from that original group which is rather disappointing. Some Dumerils crosses were also produced a number of years ago and these have been gone on to breed again and have contaminated the A. madagascariensis bloodlines.

The true Madagascan boas can almost all be traced back to Hennie Erasmus, Transvaal Snake Park, Port Elizabeth museum or Bill Branches private collection.
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