Common Trinket

Coelognathus helena helena


Identification

Slender body with mostly smooth scales, sometimes hind body and tail possess keeled scales. Tan or olive, and chocolate brown with two black stripes on neck and light bands and/ or checks cover the forebody; hind body has two dark brown or black stripes that continue onto tail. Belly is pearl white.

Length: 2.33ft to maximum 5.5ft

Scalation

Midbody scales in 23 to 27 (rarely 23 or 29) rows. Ventrals 210-244, angulate laterally; anal scale entire (rarely divided); subcaudals 73- 100, paired. Supralabials 8-11 (5th and 6th and 7th or rarely 4th and 5th to 6th / 5th to 7th touching eye.

Habitat and Reproduction

They are found in termite mounds, rock piles and crevices. It may be seen on trees and bushes. Often seen near, or in human habitation. Prefers rats, mice, and squirrels but also lizards, frogs and snakes. The species is oviparous and lays eggs in a clutch of 6-12 which hatch during monsoon season.

Bite and Venom

If threatened they coil their body in S shape and strike repeatedly. When provoked, it is capable of delivering a painful bite. This species is non-venomous so not harmful to humans.

Distribution:

This species has distribution records from entire India specifically from Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch) in the North to Manipur and Naga hills in the Northeast. Also they are recorded from Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan records needs confirmation. Population of common trinket is spread across Chhattisgarh. The habitat of this species comprises of mixed deciduous forests to urban settlements. Found abundantly in Jashpur, Rajnandgaon, Gariyaband districts etc.

Threats:

 

Its aggressive behavior made it suffer in the hands of humans. Road killing and deforestation are some of the reasons which poses threat to this species.


Important Tags


Common Trinket Colubridae Coelognathus helena helena

Name
Common Trinket
Family
Colubridae
Scientific Name
Coelognathus helena helena
Synonymes
Samanya Abhooshit sanp
Venom Type
Other/NO
Look Like
Striped keelback



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