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Dog-toothed cat snake, Boiga cynodon

The Dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon), a member of the Colubridae family, is commonly found in southern Thailand and southward toward Malaysia.

The dog-toothed cat snake may be fairly slim, yet it is a very long species. It is not uncommon for the snake to measure up to 8 feet. Fangs are found in the rear part of the upper jaw. The snake’s name is derived from its large front teeth on the upper and lower jaw.

The dog-toothed cat snake is generally tan in color with bands of yellow, brown, black and reddish colors. The dog-toothed cat snake has a slender neck and its head is quite pronounced comparatively, causing people to sometimes confuse the species with a viper snake; the viper would never measure anywhere near as long, however.

This species feeds on fowl of all kinds, including birds, chickens and quail; it has also been known to feast on the eggs of its prey. The snake typically inhabits rain forests, where the nocturnal species spends most of its time in trees and bushes.

The dog-toothed cat snake is very passive by nature. It rarely bites, even when provoked.  The snake is mildly venomous, however, during a typical bite its rear fangs do not sink in. The species can safely be handheld without worry.

An oviparous species, the dog-toothed cat snake lays eggs. An adult female is known to produce between 6-12 eggs at a time.

Image Caption: A Dog-toothed Cat Snake photographed in a butterfly garden near Brinchang in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Credit: Bjorn Christian Torrissen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Dog-toothed cat snake Boiga cynodon