Boiga jaspidea

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jasper cat snake
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Boiga jaspidea Khao Luang National Park
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Boiga
Species: B. jaspidea
Binomial name
Boiga jaspidea
(Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854)
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Triglyphodon jaspideum Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854
Dipsas jaspidea Jan, 1863
Dipsadomorphus jaspideus Boulenger, 1896

Boiga jaspidea (jasper cat snake) is a small and slender species of rear-fanged colubrid that is uncommon throughout its range.


Its body is reddish to chocolate brown, but rich black and white speckles cover the entire body except for the ventrals, which are yellow. In addition, there are faint black lateral bars, and white spots on the ventrolateral area. Its maximum length is 1.5 m (4.9 feet).

Geographic range[edit]

Indonesia, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand

Habitat and behavior[edit]

The jasper cat snake lives in arboreal habitats in tropical rainforests, and sometimes among low-lying shrubs. It has been reported to lay up to three eggs in termite nests. Little else is known about this elusive snake.


The jasper cat snake feeds on geckos and other smaller snakes in the wild.


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