Banded cat-eyed snake Facts

Banded cat-eyed snake Facts
Banded cat-eyed snake is a venomous snake that belongs to the group of colubrid snakes. There are 2 subspecies of banded cat-eyed snake that can be found in Mexico, Central and South America and on the islands of Margarita and Trinidad and Tobago. Banded cat-eyed snake inhabits dry and moist forests, edges of the forests and areas near the swamps and marshes. It can be found from the sea level to the altitude of 4.265 feet. Banded cat-eyed snakes are numerous and widespread in the wild (they are not on the list of endangered species).
Interesting Banded cat-eyed snake Facts:
Banded cat-eyed snake is medium-sized snake that can reach 30 inches in length.
Banded cat-eyed snake has yellowish or light brown body covered with large, brown or black blotches, arranged in zigzag manner.
Banded cat-eyed snake has enlarged, grooved fangs located in the rear part of the mouth. Venom runs through the groove during the attack (when snake bites its prey).
Banded cat-eyed snake has green eyes with vertical, elliptically-shaped pupils (cat-like), hence the name "cat-eyed snake".
Banded cat-eyed snake has broad, triangular head, narrow neck and slender, vertically compressed body.
Banded cat-eyed snake is nocturnal creature (active during the night).
Banded cat-eyed snake is equally well adapted to the life on the trees (arboreal animal) and on the solid ground (terrestrial animal).
Banded cat-eyed snake is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on small animals such as frogs (and tadpoles), lizards, salamanders and their eggs.
Banded cat-eyed snake is able to eat poisonous amphibians (frogs that secrete toxic substances to protect themselves against predators) without any visible side effects.
Banded cat-eyed snake usually hunts near the water or searches the prey hidden in the shrubs.
Banded cat-eyed snake is mildly venomous snake. Its venom is designed for killing of amphibians and reptiles. Banded cat-eyed snake is nearly harmless for humans. Bite is not very painful (like a bee sting) and it induces mild symptoms of irritation of the skin (itching and swelling of the area near the bite).
Banded cat-eyed snake is not aggressive by nature. It will try to escape away from the potential predator whenever possible. Banded cat-eyed snake curls its body and flattens the head to intimidate intruder before the attack (in self-defense).
Little is known about reproductive behavior of banded cat-eyed snakes except that females lay from 3 to 12 eggs per season. Banded cat-eyed snakes do not show parental care. Babies need to fend for themselves from the moment of birth.
Banded cat-eyed snakes are able to delay fertilization of eggs. That means that females can store the sperm in the body extended period of time (couple of years) and use it for the fertilization of eggs when males are not available.
Lifespan of banded cat-eyed snake is unknown.

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