Short-nosed Vine Snake

Ahaetulla prasina

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This species is also known as the Oriental Whip Snake or Asian Vine Snake. They’re mildly venomous and are not considered dangerous to humans due to the weak toxicity in their venom. They are rear-fanged (possessing enlarged fangs at the rear of the mouth) which they use to puncture the skin of their prey, whilst secreting venom from their ‘Duvernoy’s’ gland, which they ‘chew’ into their victim.

Home: South-east Asia to Indo-China.

Diet: Carnivorous; preying on lizards, small rodents and birds.

Lifestyle: Diurnal, residing within tropical forests and even towns, remaining motionless, but will sway in a breeze to remain undetected. They will inflate their body under their head to make themselves look larger to scare off predators.

Young: Bearing 4-10 live young with a gestation period of around 6 months.

Lifespan: 12 years.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Vine snake