Mimophis mahfalensis (GRANDIDIER, 1867)

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Subspecies Mimophis mahfalensis mahfalensis (GRANDIDIER 1867)
Mimophis mahfalensis madagascariensis GÜNTHER 1868 
Common Names Big Eyed Snake;
Synonym Mimophis mahfalensis mahfalensis (GRANDIDIER 1867)
Psammophis mahfalensis GRANDIDIER 1867: 234
Mimophis (mahafalensis?) albiceps JOURDRAN 1903
Mimophis mahfalensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 339
Mimophis mahfalensis — D’CRUZE et al. 2007

Mimophis mahfalensis madagascariensis GÜNTHER 1868
Mimophis madagascariensis GÜNTHER 1868
Mimophis mahfalensis madagascariensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 339 
Distribution Madagascar
Type locality: Machikova and Anhoulabé.

This is a very common species, with a stable population, according to IUCN. (2)

Habitat This snake is found in a wide variety of habitats, including dry forest, spiny forest, savanna and many anthropogenic habitats (Glaw and Vences 2007). (2)

According to a 2014 post in the Facebook group Psammophiid snakes: "in the forest of north madagascar and nosy be, we can found him on the ground the day, and in the bush at night , sleeping i think. In the south he is more terrestrial, more like sand snake." (https://www.facebook.com/groups/695591100510496/757386810997591/?comment_id=758715097531429&notif_t=group_comment_reply)

And, the same contributor: "at night in the bushes , you can find lot of them."

Food It feeds on lizards, snakes and frogs. (2)
  • Andersson, Lars Gabriel 1910. Reptiles and batrachians from the north-west of Madagascar collected by V. Kaudern, 1906-1907. Arkiv för Zoologi 7 (7): 1-15.
  • Aprea, Gennaro, Gaetano Odierna, Franco Andreone, Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences 2003. Unusual karyotype in the Malagasy colubrid snake Mimophis mahfalensis. Amphibia-Reptilia 24 (2): 215-219 - get paper here
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Jeremy Sabel, Katie Green, Jeffrey Dawson, Carlie Gardner, Janine Robinson, Georgina 2007. The First Comprehensive Survey of Amphibians and Reptiles at Montagne des Francais, Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 2 (2): 87-99
  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008. A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 (1): 44-54
  • Glaw,F. & Vences,M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Grandidier,A. 1867. Liste des reptiles nouveaux découverts, en 1866, sur la côte sud-ouest de Madagascar. Revue et Magazine de Zoologie (Paris), Sér. 2, 19: 232-234
  • Guibé,J. 1958. Les serpents de Madagascar. Memoires de l’Institut Scientifique de Madagascar 12: 189-260
  • Hulbert, F. & Lutzmann, N. 2004. Mimophis mahfalensis (GRANDIDIER). Sauria, Berlin 26 (2): 1-2 [erratum in 26 (4): 46] - get paper here
  • Pejak, J. 2011. Madagaskar 2011: Auf der Suche - nicht nur nach Phelsuma gouldi. Der Taggecko 76: 4-9
  • Schmidt, W. & Liebel, K. 1997. Reise in den Südosten Madagaskars. Reptilia (Münster) 2 (5): 33-38 - get paper here
  1. Feeding Mimophis mahfalensis, by Myke Clarkson, 1st
  2. Feeding Mimophis mahfalensis, by Myke Clarkson, 2nd


(1) The Reptile Database
(2) IUCN Red List - Mimophis mahfalensis - Least Concern, LC