SEAVR 
 

Home  
覧覧覧覧覧  
New! SE Asia Vertebrate Records  (SEAVR)  
覧覧覧覧覧  
   
SE Asia fauna ...   
   
Primates
Carnivorans
Other Large Mammals
Squirrels & Small Mammals
Bats
覧覧
Birds
覧覧
Snakes
Lizards & Crocodilians
Turtles
覧覧
Amphibians
覧覧
Fishes
覧覧
Species Lists
 
 
New Guinea fauna ...  
   
Snakes
Lizards
Frogs
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
Articles & Publications
News Links
Singapore sightings
Feedback
Image policy
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
 

Search this site ...

 
 


   

 
  覧覧覧覧覧  

Recently added ...
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
     
   
     
    Links :  
  Primatewatching  
  Intl. Otter Survival Fund
  Orang Utan Appeal (UK)  
  Wallace Online  
    Cicada Tree Eco-place  
  Malaysian Nature Society  
    Citizen Action for Tigers  
    Nature Society (Singapore)  
  Traffic  
    Wild Singapore  
     
  Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
Copyright ゥ Ecology Asia 2016
   

 

   
   
 
Singapore Red-tailed Pipe Snake
   
   

Family : CYLINDROPHIIDAE
Species : Cylindrophis mirzae
Maximum Size : 90 cm

This is a lowland species, generally preferring swampy, forested habitats but may also occur in disturbed, agricultural areas.

It leads a burrowing lifestyle : its body shape, being cylindrical in cross-section, is ideally suited. It feeds mainly on other snakes and eels, and is a good swimmer.

The body is dark but iridescent, with indistinct lighter bands. The blunt tail has reddish colouration which it displays when threatened. Typically there is a lighter band on the back of the neck. There is an irregular pattern of pale bars and blotches on the underside.

The head is short and blunt, and of the same width as the body, and the eyes are small.

The Singapore Red-tailed Pipe Snake has a localised distribution and is currently only known from Singapore, however it is likely that it also occurs in neighbouring territories. It was formerly considered part of the Cylindrophis ruffus species complex.


Fig 1 : Dorsal side, with typical orange-red banding.

Fig 2 : Ventral side, with broken white bars.

Fig 3 : The head is barely wider than the body and the eyes are small.

Fig 4 : Here the tail is raised as a warning sign.

All photos are of the same specimen from Singapore, thanks to Benjamin Lee.


References : H1, H2

Amarasinghe, A. A. T., Campbell, P. D., Hallermann, J., Sidik, I., Supriatna, J., & Ineich, I. (2015). Two new species of the genus Cylindrophis Wagler, 1828 (Squamata: Cylindrophiidae) from Southeast Asia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, 9(1), 34-51.

Fig 1
 
ゥ  Benjamin Lee
 
Fig 2
 
ゥ  Benjamin Lee
  
Fig 3
 
ゥ  Benjamin Lee
 
Fig 4
 
ゥ  Benjamin Lee