(Last Updated on : 14-03-2016)
Andaman Cat Snake is an Indian Reptile that bears a scientific name "Boiga andamanensis
" and has smooth scales found in Indian states
Category of Andaman Cat Snake
Andaman Cat Snake is a species of mildly venomous colubrid snake found in the Andaman Islands.
Body of Andaman Cat Snake
The body of Andaman Cat Snake is long, thin and laterally flattened.
Scales of Andaman Cat Snake
The scales of Andaman Cat Snake are smooth. The scales are in oblique rows, smooth; vertebral scales distinctly enlarged.
Head of Andaman Cat Snake
The head of Andaman Cat Snake is distinctly broader than the neck.
Eyes of Andaman Cat Snake
The eyes of Andaman Cat Snake are large. It has vertical pupil. The tail is long.
Colour of Andaman Cat Snake
The colour of Andaman Cat Snake has the pale reddish or greyish brown dorsal back, uniform, or with a series of dark brown vertebral spots or thin cross-lines. It is dark in colour usually on scale edges.
Marking of Andaman Cat Snake
The markings of Andaman Cat Snake are most distinct on fore body. The top of head of Andaman Cat Snake is faint, dark brown or black lines.
Lips of Andaman Cat Snake
The upper lips of Andaman Cat Snake are white, the last few with thin black back edges. It has an indistinct black line from behind eye to angle of mouth. The underside is white or yellowish, usually with a series of black spots on each side. Juveniles and sub-adults are similarly patterned and usually dark orange above, paler below. Most scales on top of head vary in shape and size, and are distinctly larger than the upper body scales. Average adult length is approximately 0.85 metres (2.8 ft), but it may grow to lengths of 1.49 metres.
Habitat of Andaman Cat Snake
Andaman Cat Snake is endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar islands
of India. Andaman Cat Snake is a forest species and is also frequently found in thatched roofs of houses.
Behaviour of Andaman Cat Snake
Andaman Cat Snake is nocturnal and arboreal. It is occasionally seen on the ground searching for prey. Generally has a mild disposition but has been observed to strike when approached. If provoked Andaman Cat Snake will raise its fore body, coil into loops, often vibrating its tail and bites readily. It is a rear-fanged snake and has mild venom which can paralyze small prey.
Feeding of Andaman Cat Snake
Andaman Cat Snake preys mainly on geckos, small lizards (especially calotes lizards) and rodents but will occasionally eat tree frogs and bats.