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Pipe Snake (Anilius scytale)



Pipe Snake (Anilius scytale)
Order: Squamata, Family: Aniliidae

Neotropical: The geographic range of this snake is South America. The pipe snake is approximately 75 cm in length. This species has red and black rings around it and a bright red underside. The red is displayed as a warning when provoked. The snake has an external claw on each side of the anal opening. Hind limbs and a pelvic girdle are present as well. Vestigial eyes lie beneath a large head shield. Anilius scytale is characterized by its solid, dense skull bones, useful when burrowing. The left lung is reduced giving more room to internal organs. There is no cranial kinesis. This species is nonvenomous.



I. GEOGRAPHIC RANGE
  • Neotropical: The geographic range of this snake is South America.
II. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
  • The pipe snake is approximately 75 cm in length. This species has red and black rings around it and a bright red underside. The red is displayed as a warning when provoked. The snake has an external claw on each side of the anal opening. Hind limbs and a pelvic girdle are present as well. Vestigial eyes lie beneath a large head shield. Anilius scytale is characterized by its solid, dense skull bones, useful when burrowing. The left lung is reduced giving more room to internal organs. There is no cranial kinesis. This species is nonvenomous.
III. FOOD HABITS
  • The pipe snake eats smaller snakes and lizards. It also feeds on other ground animals such as caecilians and amphisbaenids. However, in certain parts of South America, eels are a common food.
IV. REPRODUCTION
  • The pipe snake is ovoviviparous, and has anywhere from three to thirteen offspring. The young are called neonates.
V. BEHAVIOR
  • Anilius syctale, like most snakes, does not have a social system and spends a large majority of its time burrowing. This snake is harmless, usually not interacting with other species unless it's feeding.
VI. HABITAT
  • Anilius scytale is found in tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin. It lives in the ground and prefers rich, moist soil.
  • Biomes: tropical rainforest, tropical deciduous forest
VII. ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE FOR HUMANS
  • This species is usually found in zoos. This allows people to see and learn more about snakes that are not often seen in their natural habitat. It is especially popular due to its bright colors.
VIII. CONSERVATION
  • Status: No special status
  • The pipe snake is not endangered.



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