Amphiesma stolatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
|Other name||Flower-waved Snake, Striped Keelback|
|Chinese name||草腹鏈蛇, 黃頭蛇, 花浪蛇|
|Total length||Average 65 cm, can grow to 90 cm.|
|Description||Back light brown or olive-brown with two cream-coloured stripes;
with irregular-shaped brownish crossbar.
Interstitial skin between scales bluish.
Ventral cream-coloured. Head and neck rusty yellow.
Labials marked with several black streaks, radiating from each eye.
Dorsal scales moderately keeled.
A lowland species.
Usually found in grass near water while prowling and basking in the sun.
Docile, does not bite when caught.
|Diet||Feed particularly on Paddy Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis).
Also take Microhyla spp. and sometimes toad.
Eat fish ocassionally.
|Reproduction||Oviparous; lays 5-10 eggs in June-July.
Hatchling 15-17 cm, can be seen in August-September.
|Distribution||In Hong Kong, widely distributed but uncommon in New Territories and Lantau Island.
Rare in Hong Kong Island and Peng Chau.
Most its optimum habitats (rice field) has been destroyed or abandoned.
Not as adaptable to change as the Checkered Keelback (Xenochrophis piscator), which is more abundant in similar habitat.
Occurs over South and Southern Asia.
|Conservation Status||IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)|