Snakes of Madagascar —
The presence of boas in Madagascar is somewhat remarkable given that their closest relatives are found in the South Pacific and the Amazon Basin. Boas are constrictors that strangle their prey.
One interesting snake in Madagascar that is greatly feared by local people is the harmless "fandrefiala" (Ithcyphus miniatus). The Malagasy believe this arboreal snake drops tail-first from trees while stiffening its body like a spear to stab people or Zebu cattle passing below. Another bizarre snake is the spear-nosed snake, Langaha madagascariensis, which mimics a twig with its unusual nasal appendage.
Selected Malagasy Snakes
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