Dendrelaphis pictus Gmelin’s Bronzeback
Some other names for this species:
Common Bronzeback, Painted Bronzeback, Painted Bronzeback Tree Snake
Puri Kamandalu, Ubud, Bali, IndonesiaOctober 18, 1999
Gmelin’s Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus)
I spotted this long thin elegant snake gliding slowly in the branches of this tree. By the time I could point my camera at it, it had begun its escape. I managed this one shot that shows the head and a little of the neck from almost directly underneath, then it simply vanished, quickly and completely. Even in this picture I have no idea where it's hiding the majority of its body. We saw another one on Komodo a few days later, and that one similarly vanished into the tree before I could get even a single shot.
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