Most observations of feeding have been made in C. ruffus, but probably apply to the other species. Cylindrophiids appear to feed on a variety of small vertebrates, predominantly elongate vertebrates such as other snakes, elongate lizards, and eels. In captivity C. ruffus readily take small mice and fish. Prey are restrained or killed by constriction or crushed by the jaws.
The pipe snake (Cylindrophis ruffus) tail display draws attention away from its head (right). (Photo by Animals Animals ©David Dennis. Reproduced by permission.)
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