Scientific nameEryx johnii

    Description: They are nonvenomous snake species endemic to Iran, Pakistan, and India; listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List. It is found in dry, semi-desert scrub plains and rocky dry foothills. It prefers loose sand, or sandy soil that crumbles easily, into which it burrows, living underground. It mainly feeds on mammals such as rats, mice, and other small rodents that are killed by constriction. It is ovoviviparous, with females giving birth to up to 14 young at a time in late summer to monsoon.