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Monocellate Cobra

Scientific Name:
Naja kaouthia

Found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

This venomous snake inhabits jungles, grasslands, paddy fields, ant hills and even in old houses, prefers wetter places.

Feeds on frogs, toads, mice, small birds, fishes and occasionally small snakes.

Lays 10 – 15 eggs which hatch in 60 – 70 days.

Marsh Crocodile

Scientific Name:
Crocodylus pahustris

Range: Bangladesh, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, and Pakistan. They are thought to be extirpated from Myanmar.
Highly social, communicate with a wide variety of vocalizations.

Food: juveniles feed on invertebrates,Adults capture larger prey, such as fish, frogs, snakes, turtles, birds, and mammals such as squirrels, monkeys, deer, and buffalo.

Lays eggs: 10-48 eggs.

Incubation period: 55-75 days.

Life Span  : 40 years.

Checkerd Keelback Water

Scientific Name:
Xenochropis piscator

Found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Commonest freshwater snake inhabits tanks, swampy areas, paddy fields, pools and river.

Harmless. Good swimmer. They bite rapidly when stepped on or caught.

Feeds mainly on fish, frogs and tadpoles.

Lays 8 to 91 eggs which hatch in about 55 to 67 days.

Banded Krait

Scientific Name:
Bungarus fasciatus

Found in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & southern china, Philippines to Malaysia , Java and Sumatra.

Lives near villages, termite mounds and rodent holes close to water.

Venomous, neurotoxic; nocturnal. They are sluggish, mild tempered and rarely bites.

Feeds on mainly snakes including Common Krait, lizards and rodents.

Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Scientific Name:
Aldabrachelys gigantea

The Aldabra giant tortoise, Geochelone gigantea, is one of the largest tortoises in the world.

Found in the Aldabra island , one of the Seychelles groups of islands in the Indian Ocean.

Inhabits grasslands, low scrub, mangrove swamps and coastal dunes.

Herbivorous ; Feed on grasses, leaves, and woody plant stems.

Females lay between 9 and 25 eggs. Incubation period is about eight months.

Water Monitor

Scientific Name:
Varanus salvator

Found in West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman Islands ,Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Mostly spend their time in water body; they are at home at fresh water as well as salt water.

Carnivorous ; feed on birds’ eggs, eggs of crocodile and small reptiles, toads & frogs etc.

Female lays 25 to 30 eggs.

Yellow Monitor

Scientific Name:
Varanus flavescens

Found in the Gangetic plain from Punjab to West Bengal.

Inhabits forest, bushes, scrubs, open fields, villages and open areas.

Carnivorous ; feed on birds’ eggs, eggs of crocodile and small reptiles, insects etc.

Tokay Gecko

Scientific Name:
Gekko gekko

Found in northeast India, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh, throughout Southeast Asia, Philippines to Indonesia and western New Guinea.

Inhabits rainforest trees , cliffs and rural human habitations.

Leads solitary life. They can produce loud call. Feeds on chiefly insects.

Females lay one or two eggs. Incubation period is about two months.

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