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  Xenopeltis unicolor
  Family Name : Xenopeltidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Reptile)

  Common Names : Sunbeam Snake, Iridescent Earth Snake

 
Sunbeam Snake,Iridescent Earth Snake
  • Description
    • Size :
      114 cm
      Description :
      Head is flattened, not distinct from body. Body black to chocolate brown on dorsal surface, white on ventral surface. Tail short and tapered. Very iridescent under sunlight. Newborns have a white collar around the neck, but other than that, are identical to adults.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Nocturnal. Semi-fossorial. Oviparous. Varied diet of rodents, birds, lizards, and other snakes.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Parks & Gardens
      Distribution :
      Widespread in mainland Singapore, Pulau Tekong, and Pulau Ubin. Common throughout most of Southeast Asia.
      Nature Areas :
      Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Uncommon
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2012. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Cox, M.J., van Dijk, P.P., Nabhitabhata, J. & Thirakhupt, K. 1998. A photographic guide to snakes and other reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. United Kingdom: New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd. 144pp 

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