|Common Name||Blunt-headed Tree Snake|
|Distribution||Malaysia (including Penang as well as Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah), Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, the Philipines, and southern Thailand.|
|Habitat||Low vegetation of lowland and montane forest of up to 1300m elevation.|
|Description|| ||Nocturnal and arboreal, the Blunt-headed Tree Snake is the only species of its genus. It can measure up to a maximum length of 80 cm. The body is slender and flattened on both sides with a wide head and eyes that measure more in diameter than the length of its snout. Coloration varies from light to dark greyish brown, with dark-edged saddles on the back. The lip is usually white with a dark triangular area below the eye.|
|Notes|| ||The Blunt-headed Tree Snake is a snail-eating specialist. Since snails are predominantly dextral (clockwise) with a right-sided opening, this snake has developed asymmetrical teeth arrangement. It has more needle-like teeth on the right mandible than the left and a hook-like jaw to efficiently extract its prey from its shell.|
|Conservation Status|| ||Least Concern|
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