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.

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


  1. Pretty well camouflaged. Glad you spotted it.

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

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

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


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