Madagascar Tree Boa
|Geographical Range||Madagascar (off the eastern coast of Africa)|
|Habitat||Forested areas near rivers, streams, ponds, swamps|
|Scientific Name||Sanzinia madagascariensis|
When the female of this species is pregnant, its skin color darkens. This adaptation provides increased heat absorption for the developing young. After giving birth, the female's color returns to the normal green at its next shed cycle. The bright red color of newborns may warn predators to "stay away" while providing camouflage among brightly colored treetop flowers.