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Mangrove snake

By MSA 2005 Map showing mangrove swamps, rainforests habitats in southeast Asia


Taxonomy:

Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus and species: Boiga dendrophila

The mangrove snake is black with yellow bands all down its back. It can grow to seven feet in length. It has vertical, cat-like pupils that are able to open wider than round pupils, allowing more light in and helping the snake to hunt in the dark.

Mangrove snakes are mildly venomous, rear-fanged snakes. Their diet consists of a range of prey including birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, and small mammals.

Females can lay two to three clutches of eggs each year. An average clutch will contain eight to 12 eggs and could take up to 100 days to hatch.



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