Species Details

@Ashahar alias Krishna Khan

Indian Egg-eater Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Elachistodon westermanni
Family : Colubridae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Dry and moist broadleaf forests,hilly areas,urban areas
Description : It has a glossy coat that ranges in color from brown to black, with bluish white flecks towards the rear and a creamy stripe that runs down its back from the neck to the tip of its tail. Its head is brown, with a distinctive black arrow-shaped marking. The underside of its body features white scales with brown spots. As an adult, this creature can grow up to 78 cm (31 inches) in total length, with a tail that measures 11 cm (4¼ inches) long.
It typically thrives in natural environments such as forests and shrublands. These habitats are typically found at elevations ranging from 40 to 1,000 meters (130 to 3,280 feet) above sea level.
It only eats bird eggs without embryos, and has special adaptations in the form of cervical vertebrae projections that are covered in enamel and aid in cracking the eggs.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Shahtaj Islam Sakaal,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:IUCN Red List Bangladesh-2015; photo credit:Ashahar alias Krishna Khan (wikimedia.org), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.