Madagascarophis colubrinus Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake
Also known as:
Madagascar Cat-eyed Snake, Madagascar Common Snake, Madagascar Night Snake
Relais du Masoala grounds, Maroantsetra, Toamasina province, MadagascarApril 30, 2007
Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus)
We stayed at Relais du Masoala for one afternoon and evening prior to taking a boat over to the Masoala Peninsula in the morning. We met our guide-to-be Armand in the afternoon. He asked us what we were looking for in particular and we told him lemurs, reptiles, and frogs. He assured us that it would be easy to find all of these, except for snakes. Snakes are very hard to find, he said; we would be lucky to see any snakes.

An hour or two later, walking back from the dining area after dinner, we found this guy coiled up at the edge of the deck in front of our room.

Henkel and Schmidt and some other references call this species Madagagascarophis colubrina.

Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.

Chez Arol grounds, Masoala National Park, Toamasina province, MadagascarMay 1, 2007
Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus)
After being told by our guide Armand the previous day that we would have to be very lucky to see any snakes, we had seen a snake on the front deck of our lodge and a snake in my sister's bathroom. We almost tripped over snake number three here while returning to our bungalows from the dining area at Chez Arol after dinner.
Anjajavy, Mahajanga province, MadagascarMay 7, 2007
Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus) Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus) Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus)
Every night at Anjajavy I could count on finding at least one of these nocturnal snakes coiled up at the edge of the garden pond, staring longingly at the many tasty frogs therein.

Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.

Anjajavy, Mahajanga province, MadagascarMay 8, 2007
Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus)
I keep a list of individual wild snakes I see, and my rule is that I get to count the same snake again if I see it on another day. So this snake counts separately from the ones seen the previous night around the same pond. My sister gave me a hard time about this, especially when I kept insisting on visiting the pond on each of our evening wildlife-spotting sojourns.
Anjajavy, Mahajanga province, MadagascarMay 9, 2007
Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus)
One of the same individuals seen on previous nights? You be the judge.
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