Ranawana’s golden cat snake (Boiga ranawanei)

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Ranawana’s golden cat snake fact file

Ranawana’s golden cat snake description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyColubridae
GenusBoiga (1)

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.

Size
Male length: 90 cm (2)
Female length: 110 cm (2)
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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).

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Ranawana’s golden cat snake range

Known from Gannoruwa Forest in Kandy District, Central Province, Sri Lanka (2) (4).

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Ranawana’s golden cat snake habitat

Nothing is recorded on this species’ habitat.

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Ranawana’s golden cat snake status

Classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List 2007 (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Data Deficient

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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).

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Ranawana’s golden cat snake conservation

There are currently no conservation measures targeting this species.

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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Glossary

Arboreal
Living in trees.
Endemic
A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
Genus
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.
Nocturnal
Active at night.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (June, 2008)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office: IUCN Ecologists Discover New Cat Snake Species in Sri Lanka (November, 2006)
    http://www.iucn.org/places/srilanka/iucnnew/News%20Archives.htm
  3. TIGR Reptile Database (June, 2008)
    http://www.tigr.org/reptiles/families/Colubridae.html
  4. Herpetology: Checklist of the Genus Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae) (November, 2006)
    http://www.gernot-vogel.de/index.php?uselang=en&target=checklist
  5. Nature Malaysia (June, 2008)
    http://www.naturemalaysia.com/catsnakes.htm
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Ranawana's golden cat snake, close up  
Ranawana's golden cat snake, close up

© V. A. M. P. K. Samarawickrama

V.A.M.P.K.Samarawickrama
103A Bulawaththa
Gannoruwa
Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
Boigabeddomi@yahoo.com

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