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Black-Headed Snake

Black-headed snakes are non-venomous species of snakes belonging to the colubrid family found in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They are active both during daytime as well at night. Their behavior is non-aggressive-possess a tendency to hide when threatened.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Sibynophis
    Scientific Name Sibynophis subpunctatus

    Other Names Duméril’s Black-headed Snake, Jerdon’s many-toothed Snake
    Length Around 30 cm
    Maximum: 46 cm
    Color Grayish-brown dorsal color with series of black dots along the vertebra, much of the mid-body has a reddish tint; greenish-yellow belly with black dots on each side of ventral scales; dark brown or black head and nape; tail color same as rest of the body
    Distribution Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand,  Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal (India), Bangladesh, Srilanka’s west coast (Puttalam to Kalutara)
    Habitat Rainforest, mixed, dry and moist deciduous forests, semi-desert, scrub lands, rocky terrain (both moderate hills and lowland plains), insect holes, loose soil filled with cracks and cavities
    Diet Geckos, skinks, smaller snakes
    Hibernation Facts Hibernates
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 5 eggs

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    Published on September 15th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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