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Ikaheka Snake

Found in New Guinea, the Ikaheka is a highly venomous snake, belonging to the ‘elapid’ group, and is the only member of the Micropechis genus. It is nocturnal, and lives in its own burrow.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Subfamily Hydrophiinae
    Genus Micropechis
    Scientific Name Micropechis ikaheka

    Other Names New Guinea small-eyed snake, White snake (in Papua New Guinea)
    Length Up to 6 ft 9 in
    Color Pale yellow to brown with little banding
    Distribution New Guinea and adjacent islands including Karkar Island, Madang Province etc.
    Habitat Damp or semi-aquatic habitats, piles of discarded vegetation debris
    Diet Small rodents and bandicoots, ground-dwelling lizards and snakes, such as the New Guinea ground boa Candoia aspera; also cannibalistic
    Venom Fact Highly Venomous (fatal to humans)
    Breeding Season Monsoon
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

    Ikaheka Snake Pictures Gallery

    Published on December 24th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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