Ptyas


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Related to Ptyas: Ptyas mucosa
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Noun1.Ptyas - Asian rat snakes
reptile genus - a genus of reptiles
Colubridae, family Colubridae - nonvenomous snakes; about two-thirds of all living species
Indian rat snake, Ptyas mucosus - enter buildings in pursuit of prey
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Herpetological fauna of Dir Lower and Dir Upper districts (Northern mountainous region) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan contains 11 species of lizards (Calotes versicolor farooqi, Laudakia agrorensis, Eublepharis macularius, Cyrtopodion scabrum, Hemidactylus brookii, Hemidactylus flaviviridis, Ophisops jerdonii, Asymblepharus himalayanus, Eurylepis taeniolatus, Eutropis dissimilis and Varanus bengalensis) and 16 species of snakes (Eryx johnii, Amphiesma stolatum, Boiga trigonata, Lycodon striatus, Oligodon arnensis, Oligodon taeniolatus, Platyceps rhodorachis, Platyceps ventromaculatus, Ptyas mucosus, Spalerosophis atriceps, Xenochrophis piscator, Gloydius himalayanus, Bungarus caeruleus, Naja oxiana, Typhlops porrectus, Echis carinatus).
Common reptiles found in the area are golden lizard (Calotes versicolor), monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis), krait (Bungarus careleus), branded krait (Bungarus faciatus), cobra (Naja naja), and common rat snake (Ptyas mucosus).
The wildlife conservation NGO promptly dispatched a two member team to the location, who upon arrival identified the 4.5 foot long reptile as a rat snake (Ptyas mucosa), also known as the Oriental rat snake.
"They called them PTYAs, or play-together young adults.
Caption: X-ray scans of the skulls of lizards and snakes, including the oriental rat snake (Ptyas mucosa), reveal clues that today's snakes descended from burrowers.