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.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 120 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - 35 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • Dentition Type

  • fixed front fangs ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

??? to ??? meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Cryptophis nigrescens (not specific) 0 ENGLISH Eastern small eyed snake, Short tailed snake, Small eyed snake, GERMAN Östliche Kleinaugenotter

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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Complete taxonomy of Cryptophis nigrescens at The Reptile Database.