Boiga beddomei

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Boiga beddomei
Beddomes Cat Snake.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Boiga
Species: B. beddomei
Binomial name
Boiga beddomei
(Wall, 1909)
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  • Dipsadomorphus beddomei
    Wall, 1909
  • Boiga beddomei Das (fr), 1996[1]

Boiga beddomei, commonly known as Beddome's cat snake, is a species of rear-fanged colubrid snake endemic to India and Sri Lanka.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

In India, B. beddomei is found in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra state (Bhimashankar, Mulshi, Koyna ?, Vasota ?). It is also found in Sri Lanka.[1]


It was named after Richard Henry Beddome (1830–1911), British army officer and botanist.[2]


Head distinct from neck. Vertebral scales strongly enlarged. Dosrum is grayish brown with dark brown vertebral spots. Ventral side is yellowish-cream.


Mid dorsal scale rows 19. Subcaudals 113-127.


Mainly geckos and skinks.


Known as කහ මාපිලා (kaha maapila- meaning "yellow cat snake" in English) in Sinhala language and Māppiḷḷai or Pūṉaippāmpu in Tamil.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Boiga beddomei at the Reptile Database. Accessed 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore:Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Boiga beddomei, p. 21).
  3. ^ "SNAKES OF SRI LANKA". Retrieved August 22, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Whitaker, Romulus, and Ashok Captain. 2008. Snakes of India, The Field Guide. Chennai, India: Draco Books. 500 pp. ISBN 81-901873-0-9.
  • Wall, Frank. 1909. "Remarks on some forms of Dipsadomorphus". Rec. Ind. Mus. 3: 151-155. (Dipsadomorphus beddomei, p. 152).
  • Wall, Frank. 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Colombo Museum. (H.R. Cottle, government printer). xxii + 581 pp. (Dipsadomorphus beddomei, p. 282).

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