Snake, Madagascar Giant Hognose
Madagascar giant hognose snakes are found throughout the undeveloped portions of Madagascar occupying sandy soils of the mixed grasslands, and dry and tropical forests of the island.
Commonly found near human habitations eating mammals, lizards, amphibians, and eggs. To eat eggs, snakes have very elastic jaw ligaments that allows them to get their jaws around such a large meal. They generally hunt for food in the warmth of the day.
Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
These snakes can reach up to about 1.8 m, and are the largest type of hognose snake (those with the upturned snouts). They have large eyes with protruding scales above them that act as protection from blowing dust. Females are typically slightly larger than males and are more heavy bodied, presumably to aid in egg production.
Widespread habitat destruction in Madagascar has resulted in a reduction of most species of reptiles and amphibians. As a result, it is uncertain how long the island nation can sustain wild caught exports for the pet trade, the favoured choice (over captive reared) for pets.