Telescopus hoogstraali

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Telescopus hoogstraali
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Telescopus
Species: T. hoogstraali
Binomial name
Telescopus hoogstraali
Schmidt & Marx, 1956
  • 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 family Colubridae. The species is endemic to the Middle East.


The specific name, hoogstraali, honors American entomologist and parasitologist Harry Hoogstraal.[2]


T. hoogstraali has a 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.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

T. hoogstraali 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]


T. hoogstraali can be found at an 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]

T. hoogstraali is threatened by habitat loss and distribution.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Disi M, Disi AM, Werner Y, El Din SB (2005). "Telescopus hoogstraali". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Hoogstraal", p. 126).
  3. ^ Amr ZS, Disi AM. (2011). Systematics, distribution and ecology of the snakes of Jordan. Vertebrate Zoology 61 (2): 179–266.