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Black-headed Cat Snake
   
   

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Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Boiga nigriceps
Maximum Size : 1.75 metres

The Black-headed or Red Cat Snake inhabits primary and secondary lowland rainforest up to around 1000 metres elevation. It is mainly arboreal.

The body scales are reddish-brown or olive-grey, with faint darker flecks. The top of the head is dark grey or grey-brown and the throat and labials cream in colour. The ventral surface is pale. The species preys on a variety of vertebrates including lizards, frogs, birds and mice.

The Black-headed Cat Snake ranges from southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia to Borneo, Sumatra and Java.


Figs 1 to 4 : Reddish-brown specimen from lowland forest at the western outskirts of Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.  It was encountered at night as it drank from a forest stream.

Fig 5 : Brown specimen coiled in riparian vegetation.  Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo.


References : H1, H3