Wolf Snake: A Guide to These Mesmerizing Reptiles

Indian wolf snakes are found in South Asia and Southeast Asia. This is a non-venomous snake. It looks like a common krait snake, which is a very venomous snake of India.

Wolf Snake Appearance

If their names seem comical to you, Wolf Snakes are actually a serious foe. They are a lot smaller than the common krait, and generally, Wolf Snakes spend their days hidden under vegetation and their nights sleeping in crevices or under rock ledges.

They are aggressive and temperamental, although their bites are seldom severe, and will only cause local swelling and tenderness. Unlike the Common Krait, Wolf Snakes are nocturnal, and the bite is kept silent.

Wolf Snakes have huge, powerful heads and pointed triangular teeth which are designed to bite, rather than drink. Habitat Wolf Snakes are mainly restricted to forests, thickets, and moist scrub.

They are often found on the forest floor, preying upon smaller snakes and occasionally on small lizards.

Wolf Snake Habitat

It is found in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Behavior Wolf snakes are nocturnal (active at night) terrestrial snakes, but they sometimes stay still during the day.

They crawl on the ground in search of prey. They keep their eyes open constantly while looking for prey or in search of an escape route if it gets flooded by rains.

Food and Diet Wolf snakes are common prey of fish-eating birds such as migratory grey teals, forest mynas, and magpie robins. They sometimes prey on reptiles such as to monitor lizards.

Breeding and Reproduction Although wolves snakes mate throughout the year, they have a breeding season. The female lays 4 to 9 eggs at one time.

Wolf Snake Diet

Unlike most of the snakes in the lycodon genus, this species does not feed on blood. Its diet consists of a wide variety of invertebrates, amphibians, and small mammals.

It uses its mouthparts to capture its prey and has a powerful tail-hook which it uses to tighten its grip. Habitat Although they are found mostly in open areas such as grasslands and forests, the Indian wolf snakes can be found in all types of habitats.

However, they are more common in small and remote forests where prey is more abundant. Predation There are two known predators of the Indian wolf snake, leopards, and the Indian cobra. Many studies have documented their use of the wolf snakes for preying.

Behavior

Wolf snakes can reach an average length (including tail) of about 135 cm, with some specimens attaining lengths of more than 200 cm. The head of this serpent is broader than it is long.

The body is flattened with rounded body ends. The head is large and slender and is situated far back on the neck. The head is also large and slightly concave.

The eyes are large and prominently placed and, as is the case in most colubrids, can be regarded as full-sized and of good resolution. The body colour varies depending on geographic location but usually is bright and glossy.

These snakes are, however, highly variable in colour, ranging from the near-transparent greyish white, through white, greyish green, and dark green to brilliant bright red.

Reproduction

L. aulicus is ovoviviparous; in layman’s terms, it gives birth to live young. It has no hunting adaptations and is primarily active during the day. It is not considered dangerous to humans and can be handled easily.

While still young, they are commonly fed on their milk and meat. Use in Medicine The salve from their secretion is effective in the treatment of dermatitis, warts, and psoriasis. Their salve has antibiotic properties and also relieves inflamed and infected skin.

They are also used in traditional medicine to relieve digestive disorders. Threats Due to its docile nature, l. aulicus is considered harmless to humans and is an uncommonly seen animal in captivity. It has a slow metabolism and therefore has an unclothed condition.

What does a wolf snake look like?

Indian wolf snake

The Indian wolf snake has relatively short bodies, shallow heads, and short, robust tails. Its triangular snout and short legs help it to move around on the ground and to get up on its back when it wants to move.

The body of the Indian wolf snake is covered by dark brown, grey, or black scales. However, the Indian wolf snake cannot be confused with the common krait (B. krait), which is a dangerous venomous species with short, thick bodies and a short head.

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A mature male common krait is about 3 feet (1 meter) long. How does the Indian wolf snake bite? The Indian wolf snake does not have fangs or fangs like the common krait, so the only way to kill a snake with the teeth of your hands is to squeeze it strongly enough. Indian wolf snakes do not generally bite humans.

Where do they live?

Wolvesnakes are found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. What are their common names? This species of snake is commonly called Indian wolf snake and rabbit snake.

Its scientific name is Lycodon aulicus. Why are they called Indian wolf snake? Based on their physical appearance and voice, these snakes have been identified as nonvenomous wolvesnakes by many researchers and authors.

But they are known by a variety of names such as Indian wolf snake, common wolf snake, Sri Lanka gray wolf snake, and Sri Lankan gray snake.

A wolf may be a near relative, but they cannot be more closely related to wolves than to house cats. Why do they have such a distinct appearance?

How can I identify one?

When examining a snake, it’s important to remember that many snakes and other reptiles are capable of mimicking the color and pattern of their surroundings.

That said, the Indian wolf snake’s general coloration is a distinctive shade of orange with a gray belly and red-orange markings on its throat. The face of the snake is most distinctive; it is typically covered with red-orange dots.

The red pigment is produced by the same substance that produces the markings on other species of snake, the iridescent luster. The fact that it’s produced by a different part of the snake’s body indicates that its function is to attract attention.

The amount of pigmentation is highest in the nose and the corners of the mouth and decreases towards the tail.

How do I keep them as pets?

Here are some practical steps to take when selecting a pet wolf snake for the home. Pets should not be kept in a house with children and should be kept in a safe, well-ventilated area such as a garage or an indoor terrarium.

Owners should provide adequate room for the snake to turn its body. Their feeding schedule should be based on the local environment and time of day, and they should be fed a special formulated diet consisting of mice, crickets, and/or mealworms.

Children should be taught to never touch the snake with their hands or feet, but instead, to be careful around the snake’s tail.

How do I introduce it to my home? You should consult with your reptile veterinarian regarding the proper placement of the new pet snake in your home.

Conclusion

We had a couple of serious hunts on Saturday, and despite a tough window of opportunity, we had a ton of fun looking for these snakes.

One of the biggest rewards of our trip is seeing our guests get excited about rare and fascinating creatures that they may have never even heard of.

To find out how you can get involved with snake hunting, visit The Field’s snakes page and see our comprehensive guide on the history, ecology, and behavior of venomous snakes.

Folks often ask me what the best snake is for their purposes. My answer is that it depends on what your snake is intended for. In general, I don’t recommend catching an exotic snake to keep as a pet.

However, I do think that common snakes, such as rattlesnakes and hognose snakes, are perfectly good for most people.

And despite what I have heard from some snake haters, I don’t think copperheads and cottonmouths are in any danger of going extinct. Do you have any favorite snakes? Please share them in the comments below.

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