Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Squamata > Family: Colubridae > Genus: Telescopus > Species: Telescopus fallax

Cat snake - Telescopus fallax (Fleischmann, 1831)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Continental - Poor
Mediterranean - Good
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • rivers and lakes
  • urban
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 1289


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Cat snake English Gasc J.P. and al.
Couleuvre-chat French Gasc J.P. and al.
Europäische Katzennatter German Gasc J.P. and al.
Telescopo vivace Italian Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Coluber vivax Fitzinger, 1826
Tarbophis fallax Fleischmann, 1831
Trigonophis iberus Eichwald, 1831
Coluber carneus Dvigubskii, 1832
Ailurophis vivax Bonaparte, 1837
Tarbophis savignyi Boulenger, 1896

Other resources

Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS search Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure

External data

European Environment Agency (EEA)
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