Sibon dimidiatus - the Slender (or Coral-backed) Snail Eater Snake
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Sibon dimidiatus - the Slender (or Coral-backed) Snail Eater Snake

Non-venomous and completely harmless to humans. A beautiful little snake that might be confused with the blunthead treesnake (Imantodes cenchoa) or the cloudy snail eater (Sibon nebulosus) because of its large eyes, slender body, and arboreal nature.

This species is fairly common across its range in Central America, but has not been commonly encountered in Belize; previously, it was only known from Cayo and Toledo Districts. This individual represented a distribution extension of approximately 60km north-northeast from its known range, and the first record from Stann Creek District (published in this month's Herpetological Review).

See Hobart Smith (1982) "The gender of the nominal snake genus Sibon" for more info on why the name is actually Sibon dimidiatus and not "Sibon dimidiata" as many field guides state.

Photograph by Erich Hofmann

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