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Brown Sand Boa

Eryx johnii


  • ¬†Pakistan, Iran, and India


  • Scrub plains, and rocky foothills


  • Small rodents

A wedge-shaped head helps these snakes burrow and hide just below the surface where they wait for prey.

Their very blunt tail looks similar to their head and helps confuse predators. When feeling threatened, they coil up and hide their head under their body. Then they raise their tail and wave it so that predators attack the waving tail. This leaves the snake’s actual head free to defend itself.


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