Sunday, July 9, 2017

Atractus fuliginosa (Family Dipsadidae)

Size. 291 mm SVL, 334 mm TL, tail 14.7% SVL.
Identification. A small, gray snake with a single stripe dorsally, a uniform cream venter, and 17 rows of smooth scales on the body. Rostral pentagonal and visible from above; loreal and preocular fused; two postoculars; seven upper labials; six lower labials; ventrals 163; cloacal plate single; 32 paired subcaudals.
Similar species.  Perhaps most easily confused with Atractus trilineatus which has three well-defined longitudinal stripes and 15 scale rows.
Distribution. A Caribbean Coastal Range species found in northern Venezuela and known from three specimens collected on Tobago’s Main Ridge (unknown from Trinidad).
Habitat. A poorly known forest dwelling snake that uses the leaf litter.
Biology. Unknown. Diet is unknown. This snake is known from three specimens from Tobago, but on the mainland, Venezuela is well represented.

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