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).
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).
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