Philodryas argentea — Green-striped Vine Snake
Also known as:
Striped Sharpnose Snake, Diurnal Vine Snake, Lance-headed Vine Snake, Daudin’s Vine Snake
This species has bounced around between Oxybelis, Xenoxybelis, and Philodryas in the past couple of decades. Following The Reptile Database, I'm putting it in Philodryas for now.
William Sargent spotted this small sleeping striped snake after the local guides had overlooked it. When first seen, the snake's head was not visible, but as we started taking photos it slowly lifted its head and peered suspiciously at us.
A rainforest-worthy storm had ended only a few minutes before I found this drenched vine snake.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest