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Dog-Toothed Cat Snake: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Dog-toothed cat snake facts are interesting.

A dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is a type of long snake of the Colubridae family that is endemic to the southern parts of Asia. Also known by their scientific name B. cynodon or Boiga cynodon, their range extends from parts of Singapore and Thailand to the Philippines islands and Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. Thailand shelters the highest number of dog-toothed cat snakes in the world. Their population in Thailand is expected to be much higher than the combined population of the rest of the range. However, human modification on forest lands has snatched away the habitat from many species of snakes, and this species of snake is no exception. Yet, they have survived well in the transformed habitats of Asia. The ability to adapt to several habitat types has facilitated its population growth to a large extent. The snake is both arboreal and terrestrial in nature. Accordingly, their ideal places of habitation are lowland forests as well as forest clearings. Keep on reading to know more amazing facts about the snake.

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Dog-Toothed Cat Snake Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a dog-toothed cat snake?

A dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is a type of snake.

What class of animal does a dog-toothed cat snake belong to?

Boiga cynodon, or the dog-toothed cat snake of the Squamata order and the Boiga genus, belongs to the class Reptilia, the common class for all reptiles.

How many dog-toothed cat snakes are there in the world?

There is very little information regarding the population of dog-toothed cat snakes (Boiga cynodon). They are widespread throughout the range. Therefore it is assumed that their population does not face any major threat of extinction in the near future.

Where does a dog-toothed cat snake live?

Boiga cynodon, or the dog-toothed cat snake, is an endemic species of southeast Asia. The majority of these snakes are found in Thailand. A large population was spotted residing in the Krabi region in southern Thailand. From Thailand, the snakes enter peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Further south, their distribution extends up to Indonesia, including Sumatra and Borneo. They also inhabit islands as far as Bali and the Philippines. However, in Myanmar, their range is unverified. There is no proof regarding the presence of the snake in Myanmar.

What is a dog-toothed cat snake's habitat?

The dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) can survive in a large variety of habitats. These snakes are found in forests and forest edges. In addition to that, the snake species is also found in secondary growths and on open or disturbed lands. They have largely inhabited rural gardens, cultivated areas, and urban areas. The cat snake occurs in large numbers in coconut cultivations. Loss of traditional habitats has made the Boiga cynodon very common in secondary forests, especially where nearby water bodies are present. These arboreal snakes spend most of their time on branches of trees or inhabit bushes over the water and prey on aquatic birds and animals whenever they get an opportunity. Most of their hatchlings are found in secondary rainforests suggesting that perhaps reproduction takes place in those areas.

Who do dog-toothed cat snakes live with?

Generally, Colubridae snakes spend their lives in solitude. Therefore it is assumed that the dog-toothed cat snake is also a solitary one living alone on forest floors or in trees. This snake is often seen foraging alone in the night. This nocturnal species spends most of its day alone under ledges or hiding in hollows.

How long does a dog-toothed cat snake live?

The highest age ever recorded in the species of dog-toothed cat snake is nine years.

How do they reproduce?

Like most snake species, the dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) also undergoes oviparous reproduction. The reproductive behavior of the snake is not well studied. There is no information regarding the breeding season of the snake and how the male and female approaches each other. The method of reproduction is sexual, and after they breed, the female lays six to 12 eggs in a single clutch.

What is their conservation status?

These dog-toothed cat snakes (Boiga cynodon) are listed as a species of Least Concern in the IUCN Red List. These snakes are distributed throughout a wide range in Asia. Their population seems to be stable as the snake is visible quite commonly throughout their range. This also indicates that they have a large global population and are not threatened by any major threats. The snake also appears in many protected areas, which benefits the stability of the species. 

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake Fun Facts

What do dog-toothed cat snakes look like?

The dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is a large snake with an extremely long and slender body. It has a laterally compressed body and which starts with a rounded snout in front and a tapered tail at the end. They have enlarged teeth on the front end in both upper and lower jaws. The snake is tan orange in color sotted with blotches of marbled dark brown patterns all over the dorsal part of the body. These dark brown patterns are placed more closely as they reach the tail. Behind their eyes, a thin black stripe runs to the end of the head. This stripe helps in the identification of this cat snake. The head has a distinct tan yellow color. These snakes are sometimes confused with pit vipers.

The dog-toothed cat snake is a rear-fanged snake.

How cute are they?

The appearance of the snake is not really cute or adorable.

How do they communicate?

Snakes mainly communicate by chemical cues. However, there is no information regarding specific communication methods of this snake.

How big is a dog-toothed cat snake?

The dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) can reach up to 8 ft (2.4 m) in length. They are two times larger than the kingsnake.

How fast can a dog-toothed cat snake move?

The speed of these snakes is unknown.

How much does a dog-toothed cat snake weigh?

The weight of a dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) has not been determined. These snakes must be moderately heavy because of their length.

What are the male and female names of the species?

A male and female snake does not have any specific name; both are called dog-toothed cat snakes.

What would you call a baby dog-toothed cat snake?

A dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is called a snakelet.

What do they eat?

The dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is carnivorous in nature. Their diet includes lizards, birds, bird eggs, and small bats.

Are they poisonous?

Yes, the dog-toothed cat snake is a venomous snake.

Would they make good pets?

No, they do not make good pets.

Did you know...

The dog-toothed cat snake found in Malaysia is extremely dark in color and appears black throughout.

Dog-toothed cat snake bites

This snake generally does not bite, but if it is attacked physically, it will bite. These rear-fanged snakes can inject venom with a single bite. Although the dog-toothed cat snake venom is not very toxic, rear-fanged prolonged snake bites can cause immense pain and swelling.

Naming the dog-toothed cat snake

These snakes of the Boiga genus are called cat snakes because of their vertical pupils, which resemble the pupils of a cat. The presence of enlarged teeth in the jaws and vertical pupils in Boiga cynodon are the main reasons why these cat snakes are called dog-toothed cat snakes.

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