Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species: Chrysopelea ornata ornatissima
Maximum Size : 1.5 metres
A handsome species, the Golden Tree Snake can be found
in various habitats including secondary forests, plantations, agricultural
areas and rural gardens. Like the Paradise Tree Snake, this snake is able to
glide through the air.
Despite the name, the
attractive patterning is actually green or greenish-yellow on a black
background. It preys on mice, lizards, and other snakes.
This sub-species ranges from Burma, Thailand, Indochina and southern China
to northern Peninsuar Malaysia. It is common in the Phang-nga / Krabi area
of Southern Thailand.
Figs 1 to 3 : Images of two specimens from Krabi, southern Thailand.
References : H1, H3