Banded Racer

Argyrogena fasciolata


Identification

Slender bodied species with smooth scales. Light or dark brown body color.Tapered snout. Young have brilliant white markings and bright white cross bands. Adults usually do not have bands. Underside white or yellowish white.Snake with white cross bands from head to tail.

Scalation

Scales in 23 or 21: 23 or 21: 17 or 15 rows.Ventrals 191-232, obtusely angulate laterally; anal divided; subcaudals 77 – 92, paired. Usully a presubocular; temporals 2+3 or 3+3; supralabials 8 rarely 9 (4thand 5th touching eye).

Habitat and Reproduction

They are found in rodent burrows, rock piles, and heavy brush. Eat insects and frogs; adults eat field mice and metad rats that are killed by constriction or applying body pressure. This species is oviparous and lay eggs in a clutch of 2-6 in October.

Bite and venom

It is non-venomous and only bites when one tries to catch it. They show hoods to threaten the danger. Otherwise it used to run away when provoked.

Distribution:

Distributed throughout most of the peninsular plains to Hiamalayas (South of Nepal); in the east up to West Bengal and in south up to Tirunelveli (except southeast coast). Commonly found in the parts of Maharashtra. Also they have distribution records from Pakistan, Bangladesh and northern Sri Lanka. Banded racer is distributed throughout the state of Chhattisgarh. The species is inhabitant of dry deciduous forests and urban settlements. .      

Threats

 

 Its cobra like habit showing hood to alert threats confuses people and snakes are killed due to misconception. Destruction of its habitat poses serious threat to its population.


Important Tags


Banded RacerColubridae Argyrogena fasciolata

Name
Banded Racer
Family
Colubridae
Scientific Name
Argyrogena fasciolata
Synonymes
Dhawak
Venom Type
Other/NO
Look Like
Spectacled Cobra, Indian smooth snake, Indian rat snake



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