False Coral Snake - Anilius scytale
This is a South American snake scientifically named Anilius scytale, and included in the poorly known Family Aniliidae. The False Coral Snake is commonly found in Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana, and Peru.
It has a cylindrical body of uniform diameter and a very short tail; it is brightly banded in red and black (but without yellow bands such as coral snakes); reduced eyes lie beneath large head scales. It is considered to be one of the snakes that most resembles the original and ancestral snake condition (basal snake).
The scarce information available indicates that A. scytale has fossorial habits (lives underground) and can occasionally be seen both on the ground and in aquatic environments, where it forages mainly at night. It can also be active during the day, but this habit has been observed less frequently.
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Photo credit: ©Thierry Montford | Locality: French Guiana (2014)