Species Details

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Common Sand Boa Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Eryx conicus
Family : Boidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Russell's Sand Boa
Habitat : Arid areas,Vegetated areas
Description : Common Sand Boas are relatively small snakes, typically measuring between 30 to 60 cm (12 to 24 inches) in length. Females are generally larger than males.
These snakes have a thick, cylindrical body and a short, blunt tail. They have smooth, shiny scales that range in color from shades of yellowish-brown to reddish-brown or gray. They have distinctive markings on their backs, including dark bands or blotches that run down their bodies.
Common Sand Boas are found in a variety of habitats, including deserts, dry scrublands, and agricultural fields. They are commonly found burrowing in sandy soil or under rocks and other debris.
These snakes are primarily nocturnal, and spend most of their time hiding in burrows or other sheltered locations during the day. They are known to be docile and relatively easy to handle, making them popular as pets.
Common Sand Boas are carnivores, and their diet consists primarily of small rodents, lizards, and other small animals that they can easily overpower and swallow whole.
Female Common Sand Boas give birth to live young, typically producing litters of 2 to 10 offspring at a time. The young are born fully formed and able to fend for themselves immediately after birth.

Overall, the Common Sand Boa is a fascinating and unique species of snake that is well adapted to its arid and often inhospitable environment.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Razia Sultana Setu,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:Wikipedia, IUCN Red List Bangladesh Volume-4 2015;photo credit and copyright:sullivanribbit (iNaturalist user).more information please contact with us.