Madagascan Tree Boa
Don’t be fooled by the name of this constrictor snake. The Madagascan tree boa spends most of its time in the dense undergrowth of the forest floor, and uses trees mainly for hunting. Its glossy scales are usually green with gray color patterns, but may be brown and yellow in drier forests.
The cave-dwelling Nile crocodile is Madagascar’s top predator. This reptile looms large in Malagasy culture as both a fearsome predator and a revered symbol of power. They also loom large quite literally: Nile crocs grow throughout their entire lives. The Bronx Zoo’s 13.5-foot, 800-pound male is just average!
The people of the southern stretches of Madagascar call the radiated tortoise “sokake” and consider it sacred above all creatures. The tortoise’s black shell has brilliant yellow lines that radiate from points on its shell. Viewed from the side, the golden marks resemble a crown of a king.