Ithycyphus miniatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Pseudoxyrhophiidae

Scientific Name: Ithycyphus miniatus (Schlegel, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English Tiny Night Snake
Coluber miniatus Schlegel, 1837

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-26
Assessor(s): Raxworthy, C.J. & Rakotondravony, H.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Contributor(s): Glaw, F.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large overall population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This widespread snake is endemic to Madagascar where it is known mainly from the north and west of the island, an estimated area of 182,668 km².
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Population [top]


There is no information on the population of this species.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This snake inhabits low elevation humid and dry forest, and scrubland. It can tolerate some habitat degradation, but the extent to which this is the case is unclear (F. Glaw pers. comm. May 2011).


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is not thought to be traded or used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Lowland forest is a threatened vegetation type in Madagascar because of logging and slash and burn agriculture. Although non-venomous, this snake is feared by local people and persecution may represent a threat, although as killed individuals are rarely encountered (F. Glaw pers. comm. May 2011) this may not have a significant effect on the population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is well represented in protected areas. Research is needed to clarify population trends and tolerance of habitat disturbance in this snake.

Citation: Raxworthy, C.J. & Rakotondravony, H. 2011. Ithycyphus miniatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T172870A6932820. . Downloaded on 16 August 2018.
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