Ahaetulla dispar

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Description:
The Gunther's Vine Snake Ahaetulla dispar is a species of slender tree snake found in India in the Western Ghats.

Description

Snout pointed and projecting, without dermal appendage, not quite twice as long as the eye. Internasals and prefrontals usually in contact with the labials; one or two small loreals ; frontal as long as its distance from the end of the snout or longer, oa long as the parietals; one praeocular, in contact with the frontal, with one or two suboculara below; twopostoculars; temporals 2+2 or 2+3; upper labials 8, fifth entering the eye; 4 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields, which are as long as the posterior or a little shorter. Scales in 15 rows, those of the sacral region more or less distinctly keeled. Ventrals 142-151; anal divided; sub-caudals 90-105. Bright green or bronzy olive above, the skin between the scales black; pale green or pale olive beneath, with a yellow line on each side.Total length 26 inches; tail 7.5.

It mainly feeds on smaller reptiles and tree frogs. It is considered to have a mild venom and is rear-fanged.

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References

  • Boulenger, George A. 1890 The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp.
  • G√ľnther, A. 1864 The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp.

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