Common Wolf Snake - Informative & researched article on Common Wolf Snake
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesFlora & Fauna


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > Flora & Fauna > Indian Reptiles > Common Wolf Snake
Common Wolf Snake
The species name of the common wolf snake is aulicus. It has 17 scale rows on its mid body.
 
 Common Wolf SnakeLocal Names: Hindi Garar, Bengali Kaurialla; Gujarati Chi/alun; Marathi Kandva; Shunguvirian; Tamil Valappanayan, Singhalese Tel karawala

The species name of the common wolf snake is aulicus. It has 17 scale rows on its mid body. It`s a glossy slender snake having a pear-shaped depressed head and its eyes are black. Its tongue is pinkish with white tip. Its neck is constricted. Its tail is about one-fifth to one-sixth of its total length. The color and markings of the snakes even in the same variety vary.
Two races are recognized. They are:

1 In race Lycodon aulicus aulicus, the ground color is light brown to dark cigar brown with yellow crossbars on body with whitish blotches. Bars expand on the flanks.

In Lycodon aulicus capucinus the ground colour is dark brown or purplish brown with distinct white or yellow reticulations.

The common wolf snake is seen inside houses. During the day it hides in crevices. When provoked the snake strikes readily. If it is disturbed and is blocked in its endeavors to escape, it will coil itself into a heap and will hide its head beneath the coils. The wolf snake feeds on lizards of the Gecko family and mice. The female lays four to eleven eggs. The number of eggs it laid depends on the size of the snake. The larger snakes lay more number of eggs than the shorter ones. The snake is often confused with the common krait. Any fatality resulting from the bite of the wolf snake is purely the result of fright.

(Last Updated on : 20/06/2013)
More Articles in Indian Reptiles  (19)
 
 
 
Gecko  
 
 
Skink  
Recently Updated Articles in Flora & Fauna
Uses of Alfalfa
Uses of alfalfa is found in history as well as in the present medicinal researches.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary,
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary in Kerala, founded by Dr. Salim Ali, is counted amongst world famous sanctuaries. Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary was constituted in the year 1983.
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest bird sanctuaries, located in Gujarat.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary located in South Sikkim is covered by thick forest and is rich in flora and fauna. From here one get the view of the Teesta River and Kanchenjunga Peak.
Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary
Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary located in Assam provides shelter to a variety of animals and birds. The sanctuary has been named after the only ape of India, Hoolock Gibbon.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Flora & Fauna
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Reference
 
 
Common Wolf Snake - Informative & researched article on Common Wolf Snake
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.