Common Wolf Snake ( Lycodon aulicus Linnaeus, 1758 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Lycodon aulicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Regional Names: 
Hindi: 
Malayalam: 
Vellivarayan pampu, Chuvar pampu, Chennay Thalayan
Marathi: 
Kavdya
Kannada: 
ಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಹಾವು
English: 
Indian Wolf Snake
Adult form of Western Maharashtra
Distribution: 
Family: 
Description: 

Length -

General Length is 60cm approx but can grow up to 83cm.

Dorsal -
Body slender with smooth & shiny scales of Brown, Reddish-Brown, Blackish, Grayish brown or light Brown. Yellow or Yellowish-White bands present on whole dorsal body starting from neck and become faint on tail region; rarely absent. Bands are narrow at top side of dorsal and become wider on side. Juveniles have prominent bands on whole body than adults. Number of bands could be from 10 to 25.

Ventral -
Belly glossy white mostly. Subcaudal scales paired in Zigzag manner.

Head -
Head flattened, broader than neck and covered with smooth and very shiny scales. Whitish or Yellow color collar exist mostly. Eyes entirely black. Tongue color Pinkish-Red entirely.

Tail -
Smooth scales with or without bands. Tail length is normal as typical range with pointed tip. Color almost same like rest of dorsal body.

Scalation
Head: 
9 Supralabials; 3rd to 5th touches eyes; 1 Preocular; 1 Loreal; 2 Postocular; Temporals 2+2 or 2+3.
Dorsal: 
Smooth scales with 17:17:15 rows
Ventral: 
172-214; Anal divided.
Sub Caudal: 
57-80; always divided in Zigzag manner.
Habitat: 
During day time it remain hidden in dark and silent places including cracks on wall, gap between bricks and wood, rocks, electric board, brick piles etc. Lives in old houses, piles of stones and bricks, under rocks, cracks between rocks, wood caves etc. Wolf snakes are good climbers and easily climb on walls, trees, wiring lines, door frames etc.
Diet: 
Feed on Geckos, lizards, rodents and skinks.
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