Coluber lutrix Linnaeus, 1758, Indiis. Six subspecies recognized.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
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.
Eastern Africa from Ethiopia to the Cape. HABITAT
This snake occupies savannas and bush habitats.
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.
This species is viviparous, giving birth to about 10 relatively large young per litter.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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