Crowned Dwarf Snake


Name: Crowned Dwarf Snake

Scientific name: Eirenis coronella coronella

Synonym: Crowned dwarf racer

Type: Snakes

Family: Colubridae


They prefer habitats from arid alluvial plains to more temperate Mediterranean environments. Often found on agricultural lands and other man made habitats, feeding on lizards and other soft bodied invertebrates.

World Distribution:

The species is widely distributed in the Middle East. But in this region found in the North East of Saudi Arabia into Iraq and down to Kuwait and as low as Qatar.

Conservation status:

Not evaluated by IUCN Red List

Scientific publications:

None in Qatar

Similar species:

None in Qatar


Crowned dwarf snake adults range from 25-30cm in length. The head is a little wider than the body, although the body is a little bulky and has smooth dorsal scales. The tail is distinctly narrower than the main body and constitutes about 20% of the total length. The dorsal surface is usually pale brown to grey, with darker bands. They have a thick brown crescent-shaped collar, and the underside is yellowish to white with round brown spots.