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Sri Lanka cat snake

Boiga ceylonensis


Sri Lanka cat snake can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. It is a member of the Colubridae family & It is considered as a mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels threatened. Typically, a Sri Lanka cat snake measures approximately 4 feet long. You can expect them to be grey or brown in color and they often have blackish spots or bands. The lower parts of the snake can have a yellow tint dotted with brown spots. A dark brown line runs from eye to mouth creating a distinct characteristic across its cheek. Its name is derived from its large eyes with vertical pupils, resembling those of a cat. The Sri Lanka cat snake is nocturnal; it is rarely seen during the day. It inhabits trees, classifying the species arboreal. The snake is also oviparous; it produces young by way of eggs that are hatched. It is common for the adult female to produce between 5 and 15 eggs. The Sri Lanka cat snake feeds on geckos, skinks, agamids, birds and mice. Known to vibrate its tail upon disturbance, the snake rises up and curves in and out just before it strikes and bites its prey.(

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Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Thank you for the comment Luis!!!

LuisStevens 9 years ago


Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Thanks Chamalka!!!!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 9 years ago

great shot Dilan.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

A small discription was added just now!!!It will give you a general idea about this snakes!!!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Thank you for the nice comment Bhagya!!!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

awesome capture Dilo.....

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Thank you for the nice comment pradeep!!!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 9 years ago

Beautiful shot Dilan!

Dilan Chathuranga
Spotted by
Dilan Chathuranga

Kandy CP, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Aug 8, 2014
Submitted on Aug 8, 2014

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