Boiga dightoni

Boiga dightoni

Boiga dightoni, Pirmad cat snake, Travancore cat snake

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Boiga dightoni

Boiga dightoni, commonly known as the Pirmad cat snake or the Travancore cat snake, is a species of rear-fanged colubrid endemic to the Western Ghats of India.

Animal name origin

The common name, Pirmad cat snake, refers to Peermade (also spelled Peermad, Pirmaad, Pirmed, and Pirmedu), a place in Kerala, India, elevation 3,300 feet (1,006 m).

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The specific name or epithet, dightoni, is in honor of tea planter S.M. Dighton, the collector of the holotype specimen.

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Appearance

Boiga dightoni is pale reddish-brown dorsally, with a series of salmon-red blotches. Its head is pale brown with minute blackish dots. Ventrally, it is yellowish, finely-dotted with brown. The outer ends of the ventral scales are salmon-pink. It is medium-sized, adults attaining a total length (including tail) of 1.1 m (3.6 feet).

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In India Boiga dightoni is found in the Ponmudi Hills and Travancore Hills of Kerala State, and in the Anaimalai Hills and Palni Hills of western Tamil Nadu State.

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Boiga dightoni inhabits trees and shrubs in forested areas.

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Biome

Habits and Lifestyle

Boiga dightoni is arboreal and nocturnal.

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Venom

Although rear-fanged and possessing a mild venom, Boiga dightoni is not considered dangerous to humans, mainly due to its small size.

Diet and Nutrition

Boiga dightoni preys on lizards, including Calotes versicolor.

References

1. Boiga dightoni Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiga_dightoni
2. Boiga dightoni on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/172674/1364625

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