Boiga nigriceps

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black-headed cat snake
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Boiga
Species: B. nigriceps
Binomial name
Boiga nigriceps
(Günther, 1863)
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Dipsas nigriceps Günther, 1863
Dipsadomorphus nigriceps Boulenger, 1896

The black-headed cat snake (Boiga nigriceps) gets its name from the greenish to blackish colouration of its head. Neonates and juveniles do not exhibit this dark colour on the head until adulthood. The body colour ranges from brown to orange and red to black. The ventrals are yellowish below the neck and white for the rest. They are large snakes; adults may attain a total length of 1.7 m (5½ feet).[1] They are quite aggressive and hardy in nature.


Indonesia, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand


The black-headed cat snake is arboreal, but frequently comes down to the ground in search of prey. They occupy lowland and mid-elevation tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.


The black-headed cat snake feeds on lizards, frogs, birds, small mammals and other snakes in the wild.


  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Vol. III. London.

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