Focussing on the vertebrate
 fauna of SE Asia
  

 

Home  
覧覧覧覧覧  
SE Asia fauna ...  
   
Primates
 Carnivorans
 Large Mammals
 Small Mammals
 Mammal calls
Bats
覧覧
Birds
覧覧
 Snakes
 Lizards & Crocodilians
 Turtles
覧覧
 Amphibians
 Tadpoles
FFrog calls
覧覧
Fishes
覧覧
Species Lists
 








 
覧覧覧覧覧  
Vertebrate records ...  
   
SE Asia Records (SEAVR)
 Indochina Records
 Philippines Records
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
New Guinea fauna ...  
   
Snakes
 Lizards
 Frogs
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
 

Search this site ...

 
 


   

 
  覧覧覧覧覧  

New or updated pages ...
 
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
     
   
     
    Links :  
  Herp. Society of Singapore  
  Mongabay  
  HabitatID  
  Wallace Online  
    MYCAT  
  Traffic  
     
  Email :
 
     
  Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
Copyright ゥ Ecology Asia 2019
  .

 

   
   
 
Blunt-headed Slug Snake
   
   

Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Aplopeltura boa
Maximum Size : 85 cm

The Blunt-headed Slug Snake inhabits lowland and lower montane forests, up to elevations of around 1500 metres. It is nocturnal and arboreal in habits, and is typically found perched on low vegetation.

It is known to feed on slugs and snails, and possibly small vertebrates (e.g. small lizards).

As an unusual defensive posture this snake coils itself up like a spring. This may possibly be unique to the species.

Its body is slender and laterally compressed, and its head is short and blunt. Its body is greenish brown to reddish brown, with the latter colour comprising vaguely-defined saddles. Some examples may bear cream spots on the flanks.  Its tail is around one-third of the length of its body. There are pale markings on the head, and the eyes are large.

The Blunt-headed Slug snake is recorded from Myanmar, southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (including Nias and Bangka), Borneo (including the Natuna Islands) and Java. It also occurs in many islands of the Philippines, including the larger islands of Luzon, Mindanao and Palawan.


Figs 1 and 2 : Example from Maxwell Hill, Peninsular Malaysia (elevation of around 1100 metres). Photos thanks to Noel Thomas.


References : H5





 

 

Fig 1
 
ゥ  Noel Thomas
 
Fig 2
 
ゥ  Noel Thomas