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Barred Wolf Snake

Barred wolf snake is a species of nonvenomous snake found in southern Asia. The species is nocturnal and terrestrial. The snake is known to be shy, elusive and non-offensive. There are three recognized subspecies of this species.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Lycodon
    Scientific Name Lycodon striatus


    Other Names Northern wolf snake
    Length 40 cm; largest recorded specimen measures 60 cm
    Color Dark brown or black upper surface with white diagonal spots or crossbands which are widely separated near the front; upper lip and belly uniform white
    Distribution Afghanistan, India, eastern and north-eastern Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, western Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, southern Turkmenistan
    Habitat Semideserts, forest edges
    Diet Skinks, geckos, other small lizards
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 4 eggs
    Incubation Period 50 to 60 days

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    Published on January 27th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th January 2018.

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