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Copperhead Racer
   
   

Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Coelognathus radiatus
Maximum Size : XX cm

Also called Radiated Rat Snake.

This species is exclusively diurnal in habits.

This widespread species occurs in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo and parts of South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh) and southern China. In Singapore the species is listed as 'indeterminate', with no recent records.


Fig 1 : This example was observed stalking a small rodent at the edge of a rural road.

Fig 2 : Most encounters with this species are of a fast-moving snake dashing across rural roads and paths.

Fig 3 : Another example, searching for prey in an area of maintained grassland.


All photos from Kaeng Krachan district, Phetchaburi province, Thailand by Charles Currin.


References : H1, H12

 

Fig 1
  
ゥ  Charles Currin
    

Fig 2
  
ゥ  Charles Currin
  
Fig 3
  
ゥ  Charles Curriin