Telescopus hoogstraali

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Telescopus hoogstraali
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Telescopus
Species: T. hoogstraali
Binomial name
Telescopus hoogstraali
Schmidt & Marx, 1956
Synonyms
  • Telescopus fallax hoogstraali Schmidt & Marx, 1956

Telescopus hoogstraali, common names of which are Hoogstraal’s cat snake and Sinai cat snake,[1] is an endangered species of snake in the Colubridae family. Its name honors entomologist and parasitologist Harry Hoogstraal.

Description[edit]

It has black coloured neck and head. Its eyes are small with vertical, cat-like pupils. The snake's underbelly is grey and is covered with black spots.[2]

Geographic region[edit]

It is found around the Sinai region, in Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories, as well as Jordan.

In Egypt, it is found in Santa Catarina and Gebel Maghara of northern Sinai Peninsula, while in Israel it can be found only in Negev Desert. It is also known from one city in Jordan, Petra.[1]

Habitat[edit]

It can be found on elevation of 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) in natural habitats such as subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, rocky areas, and hot deserts.[1]

Conservation status[edit]

It is threatened by habitat loss and distribution.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Disi, M., A.M., Werner, Y. & El Din, S.B. (2005). "Telescopus hoogstraali". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Amr, Z.S. and Disi, A.M. (2011). Systematics, distribution and ecology of the snakes of Jordan. 61 (2). Vertebrate Zoology. pp. 179–266.