Cerberus rynchops   (Russel,  1796) (Marine snake)
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Class: Reptilia

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Cerberus rynchops can be distinguished from all other members of the genus by its 25 (rarely 23) scale rows at midbody, the imbricate plate-like scales on the crown have a flat, thin appearance and are keeled anterior to angle of jaw; the last two upper labial are horizontally divided; the venter is mottled.

Reproduction: Viviparous 

Synonym (s)
Hydrus rynchops Schneider, 1799
Homalopsis rhynchops Schneider, 1799
Python rhynchops Schneider, 1799

Common Name (s)
• Dog-faced water snake (English)
• Bockadam
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Skin is trade for leather)
Threats:  Anthropogenic

Habitat:  Coastal
Prey:  mainly fish, crustaceans, tadpoles and frogs
Predator:  Scylla serrata, Human
IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Alfaro, ME; Karns, DR; Voris, HK; Abernathy Emily & Sellins Stacey, L (2004) Phylogeny of Cerberus (Serpentes: Homalopsinae) and phylogeography of Cerberus rynchops: diversification of a coastal marine snake in southeast Asia Journal of Biogeography 31 (8) 1277-1292 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Patel, MI (1975) Pelagic copepods from the inshore waters off Saurashtra Coast. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 17(3) 658-663 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Uetz, P EMBL reptile database Available at - http://www.reptile-database.org/
  • Padmanaban, P; Venkatraman, C; Palot, MJ and Radhakrishnan, C. A checklist of Sea Snakes (Reptilia) of India Zoological Survey of India Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/checklist/India%20Sea%20Snake.pdf

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