Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sri Lankan Pipe Snake (Cylindrophis maculatus)

English: Sri Lankan Pipe Snake
Binomial: Cylindrophis maculatus
Sinhala: දෙපත් නයා/වටඋල්ලා[Depath naya/Wata ulla]

An endemic species of snake found in lowlands and the highlands of Sri Lanka. They are nocturnal and non venomous. If threatened, it curls the posterior half of the body by showing white colored underside to repel the enemy. This behavior might show that it has two heads which gives its Sinhala name, 'Depath naya' which has the mining of ’The cobra who has two heads'.

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