IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)


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Range Description

C. abstrusa is endemic to Indonesia and is known from two sites: one in Pulau Nias, and "Padang" on west coast of Sumatra (Inger and Marx 1965); this latter record presumably refers to nearby forest rather than to the city itself. It is possible that Padang, a port, may in fact be a transit point rather than part of the snake's native range, however as several specimens are known with this locality, and the species is not of commercial interest, this is considered unlikely (D.T. Iskandar pers. comm. March 2012).

The extent of occurrence is unclear; of the known localities Nias has an area little greater than 4,000 km2, and most of this island has now been converted to unsuitable habitat, as has forest near Padang. The precise area where the species has been found in mainland Sumatra is however unknown, and it is possible that this cryptic snake is considerably more widespread on the island than is presently known (D.T. Iskandar pers. comm. March 2012).


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