Pareas margaritophorus (Jan, 1866)
|Total length||Up to 45 cm|
|Description||Back light or dark grey, with black and white spots forming irregular crossbars along entire body length.
Ventrals white, with irregular black speckles.
Head rounded and distinct from neck.
Lips whitish, mottled with black. Mental groove absent.
Snout blunt. Tail short. Scales smooth.
Found mostly in shrubland or broad-leaf woodland, but also on the edge of suburban gardens and cultivated fields.
Nocturnal. Docile, never attempt to bite.
|Diet||Feeds on several species of snails and slugs.
Enlarged teeth are specialized for taking snails from their shells.
In captivity feed readily on small land snails.
|Reproduction||Oviparous. Hatchling about 7-10 cm in total length.|
|Distribution||Fairly common throughout Hong Kong including all major islands.
Occurs in extreme southern China and most of Southeast Asia.
|Conservation Status||IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)|