Ptyas korros (Schlegel, 1837)
|Chinese name||過樹龍, 過樹榕|
|Total length||Average 120 - 150 cm, can reach 180 cm.|
|Description||Back Olive-brown or brown with dark longitudinal brown line across each scale, appear like thin brown stripes along entire body.
Juveniles olive brown, with white dots forming transverse crossbands on anterior part of body. The bands disappear in adults.
Ventrals and chin scales yellowish white. Tail long and whip-like. Scales smooth.
Found in open habitat such as grassy banks of streams and reservoirs, edges of cultivated fields and ponds, dry shrubland and woodland.
Often hunts Gunther's frogs (Rana guentheri) in the tall grass around reservoirs, streams and catchwaters.
If surprised near water, will usually dive and swimming away with its head up.
When caught, will constantly thrash about and twist the body, making it extremely difficult to hold.
Will also bite vigorously. Does not become tame in captivity, but accepts food readily.
Captive specimens remain nervous, darting about, striking and biting when approached.
Commonly sold in snake shops for its gall bladder and meat.
|Diet||Feeds largely on frogs, but also on rodents and lizards.|
|Reproduction||Lays 6 to 11 eggs, which hatch in about 45 days. Hatchling about 25 cm long.|
Common throughout Hong Kong including many islands.
|Conservation Status|| IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)
China Redlist: Endangered