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Green Cat Snake
   
   

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Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Boiga cyanea
Maximum Size : 1.9 metres

The unmistakable Green Cat Snake inhabits primary and secondary forests, including montane zones, and can also be found at sea level in coastal forests. By day it lies coiled up amongst tree branches, but by night it actively hunts for prey such as geckos.

The body is strongly laterally compressed, the head large, and the eyes very large with vertical pupils. Dorsal scale colour is green with bluish hints, and ventral colour yellow.

The species ranges from India, Southern China and Indochina to Myanmar, Thailand and northern Peninsular Malaysia.


Figs 1 to 3 : A 1.5 metre specimen photographed in a bamboo thicket at Layan Beach, Phuket, southern Thailand.


References : H1