Mangrove Snake

Mangrove Snake

Gold-ringed cat snake

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Boiga dendrophila
Population size
Unknown
Life Span
12-20 yrs
LENGTH
1.8-2.4 m

Mangrove snakes are mildly venomous reptiles native to southeast Asia. They are black above, with yellow transverse bands, continuous or not extending across the back; labials are yellow, with black edges. The lower surface is black or bluish, uniform or speckled with yellow and the throat is yellow in color.

Distribution

Mangrove snakes are found in Cambodia, Indonesia (Bangka, Belitung, Borneo, Java, Riau Archipelago, Sulawesi, Sumatra), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. These snakes live in mangrove forests and lowland rainforests usually near water.

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Mangrove snakes are potentially aggressive and nervous creatures. They are solitary and nocturnal. During the day they bask in the sun or rest on tree branches. At night they descend to the forest floor to hunt.

Diet and Nutrition

Mangrove snakes are carnivores and feed on reptiles, birds, and small mammals.

Mating Habits

INCUBATION PERIOD
3-4 months
FEMALE NAME
female
MALE NAME
male
BABY NAME
snakelet
BABY CARRYING
15 eggs

Female Mangrove snakes lay up to 15 eggs in tree hollows. The incubation period usually lasts 3 to 4 months. Baby snakes measure 20-35 cm and are fully developed at birth.

Population

Population threats

There are no known threats facing Mangrove snakes at present.

Ecological niche

Like all snakes, Mangrove snakes play a very important ecological role in their environment. They help control populations of small mammals, birds and reptiles they prey on.

References

1. Mangrove Snake on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiga_dendrophila

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