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Cryptophis nigrescens

Small Eyed Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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It seems, that snake of this genus have a highly potent venom that can lead to renal failure and destroy the heart muscle. A case is described, where death occured with 10 days delay after a bite of Cryptophis nigrescens.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 120 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • unknown ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • slit (or vertical elliptical) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Cryptophis nigrescens  ENGLISH Eastern Small Eyed Snake, Short Tailed Snake, Small Eyed Snake, GERMAN Östliche Kleinaugenotter ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Cryptophis

  • Small-eyed snakes
  • V. Species Cryptophis nigrescens

  • Small eyed snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 554
Look up complete taxonomic records of Cryptophis nigrescens (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).