Russell's Earth Boa
Russell's Earth Boa (Eryx conicus) Juvenile
A boa which can reach up to 70cm. The females are larger than the males. They are stout snakes with a short body and heavy, tail tapering very rapidly so that it is conical in shape. The head is moderately elongated. They vary from light brown to deep chocolate. It is a terrestrial snake that burrows into loose soil waiting for its prey which tends to be small mammals, ground feeding birds and frogs to pass by and graps them. They are non-venemous and constrict their prey.
This boa is ovoviviparous and lays eggs.
RANGE & HABITAT: Generally in arid areas but not confined to such tracts. From the base of the Himalayas to the extreme south of India and Sri Lanka.