Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Lycodon subcinctus
Maximum Size : 102 cm
This wide-ranging species
inhabits lowland forest and montane habitats up to at least 1500 metres
elevation (Tweedie, 1957). It is most generally encountered by night on the
forest floor, but is also considered to be arboreal.
The body is slender, and the somewhat flattened head is of the same width as
the body. Juveniles and half-grown specimens are adorned with numerous
widely-spaced pale bands, either white or cream, which are wider at the base
and narrower dorsally : these are less apparent in the posterior section of
the body and the tail. The background colour is black or dark brown : in
adult specimens banding may be totally absent.
The banding appears to mimic that of highly venomous kraits, particularly
the Malayan Krait Bungarus candidus. Care should be taken not to
confuse these two species.
The Banded Wolf Snake reportedly feeds on geckos and skinks.
The species occurs in all countries of Southeast Asia from mainland Burma in
the northwest to the eastern islands of Indonesia, including Timor-Leste in
the extreme east of the region. It also ranges to eastern China.
The images shown here constitute the first record of the species for the
island of Flores, Indonesia.
Fig 1 : Anterior portion of sub-adult specimen, showing the broken white
band on the nape and typical banded patterning.
Fig 2 : Posterior portion of the same specimen showing absence of banding
further down the body.
Fig 3 : The specimen shown in figs 2 and 3 was found at the edge of this
lowland stream by night.
All photos from Western Flores, Indonesia.
: H12, H14