Neotropical: Lowlands from Mexico,
through Central America into northern South America. In Mexico found
on Pacific slope from Nayarit and on Atlantic slope from Veracruz
south to Yucatan peninsula.
Physical characteristics: Medium
- sized (450 - 550 mm). Body laterally compressed. Neck pronounced.
Pupils subcircular. No apical pits. Scales un upper body smooth.
Anal plate is not divided. Color can be variable, but usually shows
a pattern of dark (black) blotches and bands on lighter background.
Labia and chin with large black spots. Underbody is lighter - white
to cream, sometimes pinkish, with a pattern of contrasting check
Food habits: Principal food items
are snails and slugs.
Behavior: Secretive, nocturnal
snake. Usually arboreal, but also under logs and debris.
Habitat: deciduous forest, tropical
evergreen forest, rain forest