English name: Painted Bronzeback (aka: “Common Bronzeback”)
Scientific name: Dendrelaphis pictus
Thai name: Ngu Sai-man Pra Inthra
Description: To 125 cm long. A long, slender snake. Body is olive or brown above with a yellow to cream line running down its side and a thicker black line just above it. Head is bronze above and yellowish below, with a black eyestripe between that connects to the black body line. Belly is pale yellowish.
Similar Species: Indo-Chinese Sand Snake lacks the black line and has yellow lines positioned in the brown background such that the yellow and brown striping have roughly the same width.
Copperhead Racer lacks the yellow stripe and has dark lines radiating from its eye.
Habitat: Found in forests, scrubland, parks, and agriculture. Will sometimes be seen on the edge of small clearings or in other habitat transitions that get more sunlight. Is partially arboreal and often found in bushes or small trees.
Contribution to the ecosystem: Helps control frog and lizard populations. Provides food for larger snakes and birds of prey.
Danger to humans: Will bite if threatened but is not dangerous to humans.
Conservation status and threats: No known conservation threats.
Interesting facts: The Painted Bronzeback is quick and flighty and will usually flee immediately when approached. If it is cornered and can no longer flee it will inflate its body, showing off the bluish skin under its scales on its neck.
Ecology Asia: Painted Bronzeback
Nature Malaysia: Common Bronzeback
Wikipedia: Painted Bronzeback
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A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
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