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Indian Egg-Eater

A rare species of small egg-eating snakes, the Indian Egg-Eater is found in different parts of Indian subcontinent. They feed mostly on bird eggs.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Elachistodon
    Scientific Name Elachistodon westermanni

    Other Names Indian egg-eating snake, Westermann’s snake
    Length Up to 31 inches
    Color Glossy brown to black base with flecks, stripes and dots in bluish white and cream
    Distribution India, Bangladesh, and Nepal
    Habitat Scaling vegetation
    Diet Mainly bird eggs
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season Summer to monsoon
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

    Indian Egg-Eater Reptile Gallery

    Published on December 30th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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