Xenopeltis unicolor — Sunbeam Snake
Some other names for this species:
Iridescent Earth Snake, Asian Sunbeam Snake, Rainbow Snake
Photographs do not do this amazing snake justice. Its body reflects a brilliant kaleidoscope of color that is nearly blinding when your flashlight catches it. Even so, I somehow managed to walk past this snake (albeit mostly buried) snake without noticing it. Kurt saw it a few minutes later, and we extracted it from the leaf litter to get a few full-body shots.
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- Stuebing, R. B., Inger, R. F., Lardner, B. 2014. A Field Guide to the Snakes of Borneo, Second Edition