Cyclophiops major (Günther, 1858)
Greater Green Snake 翠青蛇

Cyclophiops major
Squamata 有鱗目
Serpentes 蛇亞目
Family Colubridae 游蛇科
Genus Cyclophiops 翠青蛇屬
Species Cyclophiops major
Other name Smooth Green Snake
Chinese name 青竹標, 青蛇, 青龍
Total length Average 75 - 90 cm, can grow to 120 cm.
Description Back glossy green, some individuals with black spots.
Ventrals greenish yellow. Body long and slender.
Scale smooth, but males have several rows of keeled mid-dorsal scales.
Resembles Bamboo Snake (Trimeresurus albolabris), but Bamboo Snake has a more triangular head.

Broad-leaf woodland and secondary forest in mountain area.
Also in shrubland and mountain grassland.
Absent from cultivated lowlands.
Often seen trapped in water catchment.

Behaviour Primarily Diurnal.
Slow in movement except when alarmed.
Gentle and inoffensive snake; seldom bite when handled.
Wriggle and defecated to defend.
Diet Earthworms, even the large earhtworms about 30 cm.
Reported to take caterpillars and insects.
Reproduction Lays 2 - 16 eggs per clutch.
Distribution Common in New Territories and on Lantau Island.
Uncommon on Hong Kong Island.
Ranges from central to southern China, Taiwan, Northern Vietnam, Loas.
Conservation Status IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)
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