Tuesday 21 May
Ranawana’s golden cat snake (Boiga ranawanei)
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Ranawana’s golden cat snake fact file
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Ranawana’s golden cat snake description
Ranawana’s golden cat snake is the sixth Boiga species to be discovered that is endemic to Sri Lanka (2). Members of this genus are commonly known as ‘cat snakes’ or ‘cat-eyed snakes’, and are typically thin, long-bodied snakes with large heads and large eyes, varying greatly in colour and pattern (3). This mildly venomous species (2) is yellowish-orange, darker above and paler below, flecked with intermittent dark scales on the upper surface.Top
Ranawana’s golden cat snake biology
Very little is known about the biology of Ranawana’s golden cat snake, other than that, like other cat snakes, it is nocturnal (5). Cat snakes are primarily arboreal, nocturnal snakes that prey on various species of lizards, birds and rodents (3). Boiga species are oviparous (egg-laying) (3).Top
Ranawana’s golden cat snake rangeTop
Ranawana’s golden cat snake habitat
Nothing is recorded on this species’ habitat.Top
Ranawana’s golden cat snake status
Classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List 2007 (1).Top
Ranawana’s golden cat snake threats
The threats to this species are unknown, but it is thought that they may be threatened by habitat destruction and pesticide use (1).Top
Ranawana’s golden cat snake conservation
There are currently no conservation measures targeting this species.Top
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- Living in trees.
- A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
- A category used in taxonomy, which is below ‘family’ and above ‘species’. A genus tends to contain species that have characteristics in common. The genus forms the first part of a ‘binomial’ Latin species name; the second part is the specific name.
- Active at night.
- IUCN Red List (June, 2008)
- IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office: IUCN Ecologists Discover New Cat Snake Species in Sri Lanka (November, 2006)
- TIGR Reptile Database (June, 2008)
- Herpetology: Checklist of the Genus Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae) (November, 2006)
- Nature Malaysia (June, 2008)
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