Thursday, April 6, 2017

An amazing encounter...

On their way back from lunch Alessia and Rebecca bumped into a beautiful creature the Seychelles Wolf snake (Lycognathophis seychellensis) in the middle of the road and saved it from getting crush by cars passing. This beautiful creature is on our list of animals we can see around the wetland at Anse Intendance (Banyan Tree Resort) but we rarely see it. 

They are also endemic in the Seychelles and are listed as endangered in the IUCN red list, so please refrain from killing them to extinction. Adults may attain 1 m in total length, with a tail 31 cm long!

The main threats they face is habitat loss and habitat fragmentation, there have been cases of people often killing this snake without realizing that they are completely harmless, in fact they actually move away rapidly when disturbed! 

Most people confuses the wolf snake with the House snake as a result of both snakes sharing the same creole name "Koulev". 

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