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Centipede-ater Snake

Scolecophis atrocinctus


Small snake, no more than 50 cm long,very slender body with a small head, no so differentiated from the neck, very small eyes, it has black and white-yellowish rings,and the mid dorsal part of the white ring is bright orange, the colors since to be more vivid into the bushes 9 (see picture 4) This snake is terrestrial and semi- fossorial ( it can temporarily live underground) As a very interesting fact is that it feeds principally on centipedes, it can also feeds on small insects and arachnids.


Mostly dry forest and transitional areas from Guatemala to Costa Rica.


first time I see this species.

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Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Interesting to see a snake specialized in eating centipedes!

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Les Catchick
Les Catchick a year ago

Very nice.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Wow. Beautiful find.

Provincia Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.34, Long: -84.90

Spotted on Nov 19, 2017
Submitted on Nov 27, 2017

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