Tuesday 21 May
Amami takachiho snake (Achalinus werneri)
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Amami takachiho snake fact file
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Amami takachiho snake description
The Amami takachiho snake is one of around 15 species belonging to the very poorly known colubrid subfamily Xenodermatinae (2). The xenodermatines are mostly small to moderate sized snakes with dark-coloured, slender bodies (2) (3) (4).Top
Amami takachiho snake biology
Very little is known about the Xenodermatinae, but most species appear to be highly secretive and nocturnal. In addition they are all thought to be oviparous (egg laying), and have small clutch sizes of four or fewer eggs (3).Top
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Amami takachiho snake status
Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
Amami takachiho snake threats
Large areas of habitat in the Ryukyu Archipelago have been lost to timber plantations and urban development, with only small areas of tropical forest remaining in Amami (5).Top
Amami takachiho snake conservation
There are not known to be any specific conservation measures in place for the Amami takachiho snake.Top
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- A member of the snake family Colubridae, the largest family of snakes, accounting for almost two-thirds of all species.
IUCN Red List (September, 2008)
- Halliday, T. and Adler, K. (2002) The New Encyclopedia of Reptile and Amphibians. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Vitt, L.J. and Caldwell, J.P. (2009) Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. Academic Press, USA.
- Greene, H.W. (2000) Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.
Conservation International: Biodiversity Hotspots (December, 2009)
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