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Green Vine Snake

Jun 21 2012

Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) This is a mildly-venomous snake that has a distribution across India. This snake has binocular vision owing to its horizontal eye slits (compared to vertical in most other snakes). When threatened, the snake opens its mouth wide and breaks into a checkered pattern with an intention of looking bigger than it actually is.   Photographed in Agumbe in June 2011

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Green Vine Snake

Jun 21 2012

Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) This is a mildly-venomous snake that has a distribution across India. This snake has binocular vision owing to its horizontal eye slits (compared to vertical in most other snakes). When threatened, the snake opens its mouth wide and breaks into a checkered pattern with an intention of looking bigger than it actually is.   Photographed in Agumbe in June 2011

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Green Vine Snake

Jun 21 2012

Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) This is a mildly-venomous snake that has a distribution across India. This snake has binocular vision owing to its horizontal eye slits (compared to vertical in most other snakes). When threatened, the snake opens its mouth wide and breaks into a checkered pattern with an intention of looking bigger than it actually is.   Photographed in Agumbe in June 2011

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Malabar Pit Viper (Brown morph)

Jun 20 2012

Malabar Pit Viper (Trimeresurus malabaricus) This venomous snake is endemic to the Western Ghats. Mostly nocturnal, this snake’s camouflage makes it difficult to spot one in the rainforest. They are active in the monsoons, though one rarely ever encounters them after that. There are 4 known colour morphs of this snake: Green Brown (pictured here) Yellow Orange (very rare)   Photographed in Agumbe in June 2012

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Beddome’s Keelback

Jun 20 2012

Beddome’s Keelback or Nilgiri Keelback (Amphiesma beddomei) This snake, belonging to the family Colubidae, is an endemic of the Western Ghats extending upto the Nilgiris. They are non-venemous terrestrial snakes. The white spot at the back of the head in the juvenile disappears as the snake grows into an adult. Photographed at Agumbe in June, 2012

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Beddome’s Keelback

Jun 20 2012

Beddome’s Keelback or Nilgiri Keelback (Amphiesma beddomei) This snake, belonging to the family Colubidae, is an endemic of the Western Ghats extending upto the Nilgiris. They are non-venemous terrestrial snakes. The white spot at the back of the head in the juvenile disappears as the snake grows into an adult. Photographed at Agumbe in June, 2012

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Vine snake on a vine

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Dec 01 2011
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The Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) relies on its colour to camouflage itself from prey and predator. Common at Agumbe, they are often seen waiting patiently for prey to come along. They have been known to feed on other snakes and small birds too. They are mildly venomous to humans. When agitated, however, the snake reveals a lot more colors. It breaks into a checkerboard pattern and opens its mouth wide trying to scare away the intruder. When the threat passes by, they swiftly move through the branches to a more secure location.

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