Friday, 2 September 2011

ROUND ISLAND BOA (Casarea dussumieri)

ROUND ISLAND BOA (Casarea dussumieri)

Description: The Round Island boa is a rare and elusive snake species about which not much is known. It lives on Round Island in the Indian Ocean and is seldom seen. It is dark gray above, lighter below, and has small, keeled scales. Unlike true boas that give birth to live young, the Round Island boa lays eggs. There may be fewer than 500 individuals left in the wild.

IUCN Status: Endangered
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Habitat loss and competition with non-native species
Habitat: Tropical rainforest
Location: Round Island off the coast of Mauritius
Diet: Lizards

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