Ahaetulla prasina (Reinwardt, 1827)
|Other name||Oriental Whip Snake|
|Chinese name||藍鞭蛇, 菱頭蛇|
|Total length||Average 90 - 120 cm, can grow up to 180 cm.|
|Description||Back grass green without markings.
Ventrals light green and notched.
A pale yellow stripe on either side of belly.
Head leaf-shaped with long pointed snout. Eye pupil horizontal, with binocular vision.
Tail prehensile (adapted for grasping) and very long, accounting for about one-third of total length.
Tropical Forest; Arboreal, perching on trees or bushes.
Excellent climber; Prehensile tail allows a firm grip.
Sometime sway from side to side to mimic a twig in the wind.
Can move swiftly among branches to escape.
When alarmed, inflates the forepart of the body, showing the bluish and black skin for a threat display.
Will strike, but sometimes with the mouth closed.
Binocular vision enables the snake to judge the distance accurately, and strike on preys more effectively.
|Diet||Lizards, frog and birds.|
|Reproduction||Viviparous. Is reported to give birth to 7-10 young at a time. New born snake about 24 cm.|
Status in Hong Kong is uncertain.
Reference: Lazell, J.D. 2002. The herpetofauna of Shek Kwu Chau, South Chinese Sea, with descriptions of two new colubrid snakes. Memoirs of the Hong Kong Natural History Society 25: 82
|Conservation Status||IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)|