The Mangrove Snake (Boiga dendrophila) is also known as the Gold-Ringed Cat Snake. It is a mildly-venomous colubrid reptile.
The Mangrove Snake is rear-fanged. It is black on its upperparts with yellow sideways bands along its body. Its underbelly is black or blue-black with speckles of yellow. It has a yellow throat.
It is a long snake, measuring 180-240 centimetres (71-94 inches) in length.
The Mangrove Snake is native to Asia, in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. It is found in mangrove swamps, although it is more common in lowland rain forests.
It is mostly nocturnal. It can be quite aggressive. It feeds on reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM