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  Cantoria violacea
  Family Name : Homalopsidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Reptile)

  Common Names : Cantor's Water Snake

 
Cantor's Water Snake
  • Description
    • Description :
      Body slender, yellow with thick black or brown saddle blotches throughout. Some have rear half of the body almostly entirely black. Tail tapers and pointed.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Inhabits mangroves, being aquatic and primarily nocturnal in habits. It is known to feed on snapping shrimps. The colour pattern of this mildly venomous species strongly resembles that of some sea-snakes. However, it lacks the flat, paddle-shaped tail of its highly venomous relatives.
      Habitats :
      Mangroves
      Distribution :
      This snake occurs along the coasts of Myanmar, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. In Singapore, it is known from the mangrove areas at Pasir Ris, Lim Chu Kang and the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
      Nature Reserves :
      Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
      Parks & Gardens :
      Pasir Ris Town Park
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Mainly from habitat degradation.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Very little is known of its biology and behaviour.
      Conservation Notes :
      Protection of mangrove habitats.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Rare
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Critically Endangered (CR)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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