Coelognathus radiatus (Boie, 1827)
|Other name||Copperhead Rat Snake, Radiated Rat snake|
|Chinese name||三索線, 廣蛇, 白花錦蛇, 白花蛇, 索蛇|
|Total length||Average 150 cm, can reach 210 cm.|
|Description||Back brownish, yellowish or greyish, with 4 black stripes which broken into streaks on the neck.
Stripes distinct on the anterior half of the body, fade and disappear further down.
Head with black collar, 3 black lines radiate from behind each eye.
Ventrals greyish; Scales weakly keeled.
Prefer open, dry, hilly, rocky habitat in grassland and shrubland.
|Behaviour||Diurnal. Active and fast-moving snake.
Vicious and aggressive.
When threatened, inflates the neck to show bluish skin, bend the anterior half of body into loops and mouth widely open.
Will strike and bites when handled.
|Diet||Rodents, birds, lizards, frogs|
|Reproduction||Lays at least 7 eggs, hatches in 2 months.
Hatchling about 25 cm, similar colour pattern and defensive behaviour to adults.
|Distribution||Widely distributed in Hong Kong including major islands and some small islands.
Occurs in India, south China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
|Conservation Status|| IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)
China Redlist: Endangered