Ahaetulla prasina — Oriental Whip Snake
Some other names for this species:
Oriental Vine Snake, Asian Vine Snake, Boie’s Whip Snake, Gunther’s Whip Snake, Jade Vine Snake, Green Vine Snake
Subspecies I've seen:
A. p. prasina
Oriental Whip Snake
Ahaetulla prasina prasina — Oriental Whip Snake
This beautiful Oriental Whip Snake made itself known by plopping onto the ground directly in front of me as I attempted to photograph some tiny frogs. I'm guessing I must have brushed against the vegetation to which it had been clinging, causing it to release its grip in an attempt to escape a potentially fearsome predator. Why hello, beautiful little snake! Since it is a famously arboreal species, I put it back onto a branch before photography commenced, whereupon it chose this attractive pose.
The next night, I found this second one in the more traditional way: walking slowly through the forest and scanning the vegetation with my flashlight.
And the night after that I found three more, though only two are pictured here. The first was large and bright green and awake, showing off the upper-body strength of this species (first and second photos above). The second was smaller and yellow/gold and sound asleep. The third one was way up high, too far for a photo. I could probably have deployed a long stick to encourage it to come down and join me for a modeling session, but I felt no need to disturb its beauty rest.
- Ahaetulla prasina account on The Reptile Database
- Ahaetulla prasina account on Amphibians & Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia
- Ahaetulla prasina account on Ecology Asia
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