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Centipede-ater Snake

Scolecophis atrocinctus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

first time I see this species.

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4 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 months ago

Interesting to see a snake specialized in eating centipedes!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 months 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 6 months ago

Very nice.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months 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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