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Boiga cyanea

Threatened green cat snake

Boiga cyanea is a snake species.


The Green Cat Snake has a long body, head distinctly broader than neck, and large eyes with vertical pupils. Body color is green whereas color of lower jaw is cyan. Its long prehensile tail makes it purely arboreal . Hatchlings are reddish brown with a green head. The color of the hatchlings starts to change after 8–9 months of age.

The Boiga cyanea is a nocturnal species that usually lives in forests where it feeds on lizards, other snakes, small rodents, frogs . This rear fanged & mildly venomous snake can paralyze small prey. If threatened, it will become hostile and posture with a wide open mouth.

B. cyanea near Gorumara National Park


The green cat snake is a species of nocturnal opisthoglyphous snake found in India (Sikkim, Darjeeling & Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nicobar Islands), Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand (incl. Phuket), Myanmar, West Malaysia, and parts of China (Yunnan).

Green Cat Snake in Jalpaiguri.jpg


  • Boulenger, George A. 1890 The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp.
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & Duméril, A. H. A., 1854 Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536
  • Frith,C.B. 1977 A survey of the snakes of Phuket island and adjacent mainland areas of peninsular Thailand. Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. (Bangkok) 26: 263-316


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