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Mangrove snake

Boiga dendrophila

Mangrove snake

The mangrove snake is also called the gold-ringed cat snake and is the largest species of cat snake. Cat snakes belong to a group of venomous snakes called rear fanged snakes. In most venomous snakes the fangs are hollow and glands help to inject venom through the hollow fangs like a hypodermic syringe.

Rear fanged snakes’ fangs have grooves and the venom is released slowly as the snake chews its prey. The mangrove snake’s venom is quite weak. The longer the bite, the more toxic it will be. They can be confused with the deadly, venomous banded krait.

Animal class
Mammal

Habitat
Forests and swamps

Diet - Carnivore
Mangrove snakes eat frogs, lizards, eggs, fish, and other small animals.

Size
The Mangrove snake can be up to 240 centimetres long.

Location
Mangrove snakes can be found in south east Asia.

Conservation status
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has not yet evaluated the mangrove snake.

Threats
The mangrove snake has no known threats. Habitat loss and over-collection for the pet trade could well be threats in the future.

Current population
There have been insufficient studies to get an accurate picture of the mangrove snake population status.

Zoo population
There are 98 mangrove snakes currently in zoos around the world.