Common slugeater

Duberria lutrix

SUBFAMILY

Lamprophiinae

TAXONOMY

Coluber lutrix Linnaeus, 1758, Indiis. Six subspecies recognized.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The common slug-eater is a small snake, about 14 in (35 cm) in length, with a thick body and a narrow head. The scales are smooth, and the dorsal surface is brown or reddish; the ventral color is lighter.

DISTRIBUTION

Eastern Africa from Ethiopia to the Cape. HABITAT

This snake occupies savannas and bush habitats.

BEHAVIOR

This species coils tightly when threatened. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

The common slug-eater forages in moist situations, preying primarily on slugs. Land snails are also eaten.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

This species is viviparous, giving birth to about 10 relatively large young per litter.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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