Common Trinket ( Coelognathus helena Daudin, 1803 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Coelognathus helena (Daudin, 1803)
Regional Names: 
Marathi: 
Taskar
Hindi: 
Alankrat Saap
Gujarati: 
રૂપસુંદરી, વાનસુંદરી
Photographs: 
Subspecies Coelognathus helena helena (Common Trinket)
Distribution: 
Venom Type: 
N/A
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

Faint brownish colouration .Fore body has chain like patterns  of light and dark brown which becomes plain on half of the posterior body.(Montane trinket shows similar patterns but space between the bands is more as compared to common trinket,and shows a darker colour)

Description: 

Dorsal -
Slender body, having alternate brown and whitish brown striped pattern.Patterns have highest contrast near the head, fading as we move towards the tail region. Neck region has two black streaks on the upper and two just above the ventral scales followed by the patterns.

Ventral -
underside scales are white in colour having glossy texture.

Head -
head is somewhat elongated having a glossy brown texture, It may have faint black markings on the dorsal part, Eyes have rounded black pupil and a black streak emerges from the lower hind part of the eye to the mouth in a diagonal manner.

Tail -
Tail is long and brown in colour consist of two black horizontal stripes on either sides.

Scalation
Head: 
TBA
Dorsal: 
TBA
Ventral: 
TBA
Sub Caudal: 
TBA
Habitat: 
Lives in termite mound, terrestrial snake but also prefers low heights old trees, wood piles, around old houses, dense vegetation etc.
Diet: 
Feeds on rodents, small mammals and lizards.