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  Pareas margaritophorus
  Family Name : Pareatidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Reptile)

  Common Names : White-spotted Slug Snake

 
White-spotted Slug Snake
  • Description
    • Size :
      47 cm
      Description :
      Head distinct. Body mostly grey and compressed, wih distinctive transverse white and black spots together on single scales. A white, yellow, or reddish broad collar may be present around the neck. Whitish ventral surface, which may be spotted with grey or black. Smooth scales, vertebrals not enlarged.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Nocturnal, terrestrial, but occasionally climbs on vegetation. Feeds on snails and slugs. Apparently non-venomous.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Grassland, Terrestrial
      Distribution :
      In Singapore, found in open scrubland of Mandai, Khatib Bongsu, Lim Chu Kang, and Sungei Buloh. Occurs from southern China through Indochina and to the northern Malay Peninsula. Nature Reserves: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Nature Areas: Mandai, Khatib Bongsu, and Lim Chu Kang. Introduced to Singapore, where it was first recorded in 2000. Native to southern China, Indochina and the northern parts of the Malay Peninsula.
      Nature Reserves :
      Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
      Park Connectors :
      Khatib Bongsu Park Connector
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Exotic / Introduced
  • 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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