Cat Snake

Full name: Telescopus fallax (Fleischmann, 1831)

Endemic subspecies T. f. cyprianus (Barbour & Amaral, 1927)


Small sized and thin snake that does not exceed one meter in length. Its body has gray-beige color with dark broad stripes placed alternately on top of its back. When disturbed coiled, wheeze loudly and tries to bite. His eyes have a vertical pupil which expands during the evenings to facilitate night vision.


Found in hot, arid rocky foils and in old house ruins. It becomes active mainly during morning hours or during late afternoon and the evenings.


Lizards and large insects.


It can lay from 9-19 eggs, under rocks, during summer (Julne-July).



Distribution in Cyprus:
Widespread from the coast to the high peaks of Troodos mountain.

Distribution worldwide:
Southeast Europe, Cyprus, west Asia from Turkey and the Mediterranean coast of middle East to Iran.


Common although not easily detected.

Special protection:
• Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC
• Strictly protected by national law 153(I)2003

About Us



Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

Contact Details
           Address:   Herpetological Society,
                            P.O box 61435,
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