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Cryptophis nigrescens

Small eyed snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous 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.
  • Snake Length

  • ??? cm - 120 cm ref
  • Dentition

  • front-fanged
  • Weight

  • ??? gr - 35 gr ref
  • D.movability

  • fixed
  • Pupil shape (closed state)

  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

??? to ??? meter above sea level (a.s.l.)

Subspecies & Common Names

Cryptophis nigrescens  0 DE Östliche Kleinaugenotter, EN Eastern small eyed snake, Short tailed snake, Small eyed snake

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

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