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Boiga gokool

Eastern Cat Snake Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Boiga gokool
Family : Colubridae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Bushes,Small to tall trees,Forests
Description : The Eastern Cat Snake is a unique species of Boiga found in Northeast India's forests. It prefers to move on the ground or at low heights and can be identified by its Y-shaped black markings on a brown dorsal body, a large arrow-shaped mark on the top of its head, and a laterally flattened long body with smooth, obliquely arranged scales. The belly is white with blackish-brown spots on each side of the ventral scales, and the head is triangular with a thick black streak running behind the eyes to the posterior of the lips. The eyes are large with vertically elliptical pupils, and the long, thin tail ends with a pointed tip.
The Eastern Cat Snake is primarily a nocturnal and terrestrial species, but it is also capable of climbing with the help of rough surfaces, and can be seen at low heights. Its behavior is generally calm and non-offensive, and it tends to avoid interactions with humans. However, when threatened, it may throw much of its forebody into tight loops with its head above the ground and give mock attacks.

The Eastern Cat Snake feeds on a variety of prey, including lizards, field rodents, frogs, and small birds. Its habitat includes tropical semi-evergreen and degraded forests, tall grasslands, and tea gardens at low elevations.
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:nidhincyriljoseph (iNaturalist user).more information please contact with us.