Cantor's Kukri Snake ( Oligodon cyclurus Cantor, 1839 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Oligodon cyclurus (Cantor, 1839)
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Distribution: 
The distribution of this species is quite sympatric with Black-barred Kukri (O. cinereus) i. e. from northern Uttar Pradesh to most of north-east region. Also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and north-west Myanmar. Type locality: Subdistrict of Kaligunj, Lalmonirhat District, near Rangpur, Bangladesh
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Description: 

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Scalation
Head: 
Supralabial 7 or 8; 4th & 5th in contact with eyes; infralabial 8; temporal 2+2. Maxillary teeth 9-10.
Dorsal: 
Smooth scales in 19:19:15 rows.
Ventral: 
160-173; anal undivided.
Sub Caudal: 
30-48; paired. Hemipenis shape bifurcated; reaches to 15-18 caudal plates.
Habitat: 
Lives in wide range of elevations from 30 m to 1525 m of Himalayan hill and north-east forests. However it is more common in moderate and high elevations of range.
Natural History: 
It is a nocturnal species and found to be as docile and elusive as other Kukri Snakes. Hides in small mounds, cracks and under heavy objects at day time.
Diet: 
Consumes egg yolk of soft shelled eggs of reptiles, lizards and small amphibians.
Threats: 
Apart from road kills and habitat destruction no species specific threats are currently noticed.
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