Lycodon travancoricus

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Lycodon travancoricus
Travancore wolf snake Lycodon travancoricus by Krishna Khan.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lycodon
Species: L. travancoricus
Binomial name
Lycodon travancoricus
(Beddome, 1870)
  • Cercaspis travancoricus Beddome, 1870
  • Lycodon travancoricus
    Boulenger, 1890
  • Lycodon aulicus travancoricus
    Constable, 1940
  • Lycodon travancoricus
    M.A. Smith, 1943[1]

Lycodon travancoricus, commonly known as the Travancore wolf snake, is a species of colubrid snake.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in Pakistan and India (Western Ghats, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha),[2] and also in isolated localities in Kerala and Maharashtra.[3]



[Coloration in alcohol:] Lycodon travancoricus is dark brown or black dorsally, with white crossbands and white lineolations on the sides. Ventrally it is uniform white. It is very similar to Lycodon striatus, but the upper lip is brown, or white spotted with brown.

The dorsal scales are smooth, in 17 rows. The ventrals number 175-202; the anal is entire; and the subcaudals are 56-76, usually double, but sometimes single.

Adults may attain 60 cm (23½ inches) in total length, with a tail 12.5 cm (4⅞ inches) long Maximum 742mm (29 in).[4]


It prefers forests, both evergreen and deciduous, on plains and hills.[5]


Lycodon travancoricus is nocturnal.[6]


  1. ^ The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ Das, Indraneil. 2002. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of India. Ralph Curtis Books. Sanibel Island, Florida. 144 pp. (Lycodon travancoricus, p. 39)
  4. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I., Containing the Families...Colubridæ... Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). London. p. 355 & Plate XXIV., figure 3.
  5. ^ Das, 2002, p. 39.
  6. ^ Das, 2002, p. 39.

Further reading[edit]

  • Beddome, R. H. 1870 Descriptions of new reptiles from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci., 2: 169-176 [Reprint.: J. Soc. Bibliogr. Nat. Sci., London, 1 (10): 327-334, 1940]

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