Red Tailed Racer Snake by debbielove ()
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From last years London Zoo visit, this is a ...well the above!
Other known as the Red-tailed Green Ratsnake (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) is a species of snake found in Southeast Asia.
It is a robust snake with powerful, smooth scales on its belly that is ideal for climbing trees and across branches. It has smaller, smooth scales on its back that is usually bright green or light green and may have black net-like pattern. A gray-colored morph with a yellow head exists in Panay, in the Philippines.
The red-tailed green ratsnake lives and spends its life in the trees and in cavities in trees. It seldom descends to the ground. When the snake is stressed, it may inflate a bag of air in its neck, making it appear larger in size.
In captivity, it has quite the 'attitude' and may strike at or bite an unwary handler. Very unpredictable and may change from time to time but may become tame thru proper handling.
It does appear vulnerable at the moment..
Image Comments (22)
Well, I thought a red tail may be a disadvantage...however they seem to have found a way to hide it.Obviously affectionate or at least tolerant of their own kind.Great capture Rob, I'm assuming this is through glass(?) so double great, for sharpness and clarity...
Hold the phone, hold the phone,...aren't there two snakes up there, intertwined and sharing the same limb, or does it have eyes on the end of its tail? Other than that, mate, love the color, composition and patterns in this pic of the beautiful reptile.