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
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