A small, chunky boa with tiny scales covering the top of the head. Its markings, broad brown bands on a darker background, are sometimes obscure. It lacks heat pits.
Size To about 75 cm.
Distribution New Guinea and nearby islands.
Habitat Forests, especially near rivers.
Food Frogs, lizards and small mammals.
Bre e ding Live-bearing, with litters of about 10 young.
Note s This snake is sometimes known as the ‘viper boa’ because it bears a superficial resemblance to the Death Adder (See here), which is also found on New Guinea.