Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species: Dendrelaphis pictus
Maximum Size : Over one metre
A widespread and common
species, the Painted Bronzeback can be found in a variety of habitats
including scrub, secondary forest, back-beach habitats as well as parks and
gardens. It is active by day, searching for its food prey - mainly lizards
and frogs. Nervous in disposition, it will flee swiftly when threatened or
The species is identified by its
bronze head, black eye-stripe and mask, and black and cream lateral stripes along the
length of the body. When threatened it will inflate its body slightly
to reveal bluish or turquoise skin underlying the body scales.
The species ranges from
southern China, through Indochina and Thailand, to Peninsular Malaysia, the larger
islands of Indonesia and the Philippines.
Fig 1 : Resting by night amongst palm leaves in
a leafy suburb of Singapore.
Fig 2 : Active by day along the margins of a
freshwater stream in Singapore's central forest.
Fig 3 : Exploring a fishtail palm, probably for
geckos or other lizards.
Fig 4 : Devouring a
Copper-cheeked Frog Hydrophylax raniceps.
: H1, H2