Saturday, February 26, 2011

Who Is This Peek-A-Boo Reptile?

This beautiful little reptile was trying to evade our cameras while slithering in between the leaf litters and twigs.

Peek-a-boo
What is this species?


I don't know - yet. After having checked my new book, "A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia" by Indraneil Das, I can closely match this species to be a keelback snake belonging to the subfamily of Natricidae, however, I am not sure of its genus. Or this snake may be a different family. This field guide is colourfully illustrated and was published in 2010.

Location found: Lubuk Semilang Forest, Langkawi
Forest type: :Lowland Rainforest (less than 200m asl)
Length (TL): Between 70-80cm (estimation only)

Can anyone please help to confirm this species of snake? Thank you.... pppsssssttt...

Dorsal view

Lateral view

5 comments:

  1. Pretty well camouflaged. Glad you spotted it.

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  2. Hi Keats The Sunshine Girl
    We were lucky to stop there to take pictures of a spider.

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  3. I just photographed this same species on Pulau Tioman and can't confirm the species.

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  4. Hi Anonymous Oct 9th,
    Very likely a subspecies of Speckle-Bellied Keelback (Rhabdophis chrysargus). Thank you for dropping by.

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