Snakes of Sri Lanka: Ptyas mucosa

Ptyas mucosa (ගැරඩියා/කහ ගැරඩියා/Garadiya/Oriental Rat Snake)

oriental rat snake

 

Ptyas mucosa, commonly known as the oriental ratsnakeIndian rat snake, ‘darash’ or dhaman,is a common species of colubrid snake found in parts of South and Southeast Asia. Dhamans are large snakes, growing to 2 m (6.6 ft) and occasionally even to 3 m (9.8 ft). Their colour varies from pale browns in dry regions to nearly black in moist forest areas. Dhamans are diurnal, semi-arboreal, non-venomous, and fast-moving. Dhamans eat a variety of prey and are frequently found in urban areas where rodents thrive. The species is also known as দাড়াশ (darash) or ধারাজ (dharaj) in Bengali, ගැරඩියා (geradiya) in Sinhala (Sri Lanka) and ngu sing hang lai in Thai (Thailand), in Kannada language ಜೇರೋತನ (Jerothana), జెర్రిపోతు (Jerri pothu) or Joru pothu or Jerri Goddu ( in.Telugu language), Sara paambu ( in Tamil language) and Bairokh (বাইৰখ) in Assamese language.

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