The harmless beauty - Common Sand boa
Though common these snakes are rare seen, reason being they are burrowers, and are active at night. These snakes are harmless non venomous snakes. When threatened, they coil and hide their head within the coil. When agitated they can give you a painful bite with its sharp teeth.
The scales are keeled and the size of the keels increase towards the tail. The tail is not very pointy with rough scales. These snakes have a beautiful pattern. People without the knowledge of common snakes assume this to be a python or the deadly russell's viper and kill.
In the past one month these sand boas were seen little frequently at same place. And the people who saw assumed it to be russell's viper and were about to kill it. Meanwhile one of our team member rescued it and released few 100 meters from the settlement.
''Gongylophis conicus'', also known as Russell's boa or the rough-scaled sand boa, is a species of nonvenomous snake in the subfamily Erycinae of the family Boidae. The species is endemic to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There are no subspecies which are recognised as being valid.
Yea this one was lucky :) Posted 6 years ago