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Epictia borapeliotes

Range: Northeastern Brazil, central Bahia to coastal Ceará


A somewhat common species of the northeastern coastal corner of Brazil, but bears no English common name. Size is estimated around 19 cm maximum length, with a slender cylindric build, a slightly flattened but otherwise rounded head that is slightly wider than the neck, and a blunt, rounded tail ending in a short spine. Dorsal scale count is 256-276, scale row count 14 decreasing to 10 caudally. Coloration is typically tan to moderately brown, with five black stripes running down the scale centers along the length of the body. The head and tail may be slightly darker overall, with a light cream or yellow spot on the rostral scale and a similar white or cream blotch running along the ventral surface of the tail down to just over the spine on the tip. This species can be distinguished from its relatives by scale count and the presence of the rostral spot.


Habitat: seasonally wet semi-arid forests and scrub, likely under leaf litter and other debris.


Prey: likely small soft-bodied invertebrates such as ant and termite larvae.


Lifespan and reproduction: lifespan unknown, likely under 10 years. Oviparous



Sources: Edivan de Sousa under

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