Cat snake, also known as Boiga, is a large opisthoglyphous, mildly venomous, oviparous snakes endemic to Southeast Asia, India and Australia, but due to their extremely hardy nature and adaptability, have spread to many other suitable habitats around the world. There are 34 recognized species in the genus. The ancestor of the cat snake originated in Africa, from where it diversified and expanded to other countries. Despite this diversity however, the different species have very similar needs in terms of temperature and precipitation.
Cat snakes are long-bodied snakes with large heads and large eyes. They vary greatly in pattern and color. Many species have banding, but some are spotted and some are solid-colored. Colors are normally black, brown or green with white or yellow accents.
They are primarily arboreal, nocturnal snakes. They prey on various species of lizards, small snakes and birds. They also feed on other mammals in the wild. Their venom toxicity varies from species to species, but is not generally considered to be life-threatening to humans. Since their venom doesn’t usually harm humans, they are popular exotic pets.