ROUND ISLAND BOA (Casarea dussumieri)

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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