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Sri Lanka Cat Snake

Sri Lanka cat snakes are a species of mildly- poisonous belonging to the colubrid family of snakes, occurring in the Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. They are found in moderate to high altitudes and are nocturnal as well as arboreal. Their locomotion is slow.

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

    Length Around 4 ft
    Color Upper part is grayish or brown with a series of blackish bands or transverse spots; an irregularly shaped blackish spot or three blackish irregular longitudinal lines or a diagonal bar on the back part of the neck; a nearly distinct brown stripe appears from the eye to the angle of the mouth; yellowish lower part with brown dots generally with brown spots on the sides
    Distribution Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka
    Habitat Lowlands, evergreen forests, areas of dense vegetation, tree holes, often found in human habitations
    Diet Lizards, Geckos, mice, birds, other snakes
    Venom Fact Mildly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 15 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Classified

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    Published on September 28th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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