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Twin-barred Tree Snake
   
   

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Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Chrysopelea pelias
Maximum Size : 75 cm

This beautifully patterned snake is rarely seen. It is easily identified by the reddish upper body colour and the black-edged white bars. The flanks are light brown speckled with white, and the ventral surface yellow-white.

As with the Paradise Tree Snake, this species is able to glide considerable distances by inverting its ventral surface and launching itself from the tree tops.

It is a mildly venomous back-fanged species, with a quiet temperament. The species ranges from southern Thailand to Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Riau and Java.


Figs 1 to 3 : Three examples of the Twin-barred Tree Snake from Singapore's central forests.


References : H1, H2


Links : Flyingsnake.org