Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Calamaria schlegeli
Maximum Size : 40 cm
This is a small,
attractive, non-venomous snake with a bright pink-red head, and no
colouration on the tail. The dark dorsal colour exhibits a blue-green
iridescence under strong light. The ventral surface is grey-white. Care
should be taken not to confuse this species with the
Blue Malayan Coral
Snake Maticora bivirgata.
As with other Reed Snakes
this species is a burrowing forest dweller, which feeds on small
invertebrates such as worms, sometimes emerging at night to take insects.
It ranges from southern
Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to the islands of Borneo, Sumatra,
Bangkga and Belitung.
Fig 1 : Specimen from Kota Tinggi, Johor,
Fig 2 : Specimen found exploring leaf litter by
night in secondary forest, Singapore.
Fig 3 : The head and neck are a vibrant red.
References : H2, H3