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Red Sand Boa

Eryx johnii


Adults rarely exceed two feet in length (61 cm), although they sometimes reach 3 feet (91 cm). Adapted to burrowing, the head is wedge-shaped with narrow nostrils and very small eyes. The body is cylindrical in shape with small polished scales. The tail, which is blunt, rounded and not distinct from the body, appears truncated. Coloration varies from reddish-brown to dull yellow-tan.


in this case urban


A snake charmer had this snake along with his cobra. He told me it was a juvenile cobra but I have since learned it is a Red sand boa. Not sure why he had it.

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Lat: 25.32, Long: 82.97

Spotted on Dec 27, 2007
Submitted on Jul 8, 2011


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