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 altitude. It is mainly arboreal and, as shown in these photos,
will readily inhabit abandoned buildings.
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
Fig 1 : Brownish specimen coiled in riparian
vegetation. Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo.
Fig 2 : Reddish specimen of over one metre in a rusting, abandoned electrical junction box.
Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
References : H1, H3