The Large Eyed Snake (Telescopus dhara) is also called the Black Tiger Snake and the Arabian Cat Snake. It is a colubrid snake and a reptile.
The Large Eyed Snake has a broad head and a slender body. It has medium to large eyes with vertical pupils. It is mostly a dull colour, but there are spotted species.
It grows to about 80-180 centimetres (30-72 inches) long.
The Large Eyed Snake is widespread in the Middle East, north Africa, and east Africa to northern Kenya. It is not found in the Southern Hemisphere below the Equator. It prefers semi-desert areas, dry savannahs, and coastal thickets.
It is a nocturnal snake, active mostly at night.
It is both arboreal and terrestrial, living in trees and also on the ground. It is a slow-moving snake, and is considered to be mildly venomous.
The Large Eyed Snake eats bird eggs, birds, lizards, frogs, toads, and chameleons.
It is oviparous, laying eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM