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The CHECKERED KEELBACK

As we saw a picture yesterday of this snake, here are some more images of it...

It is of course The CHECKERED KEELBACK . Fowlea flavipunctatus

And do check www.hongkongsnakeid.com for ID and information on snakes in Hong Kong.

snakes are long and thin, and difficult to photograph in the wild, without a set up, so getting these shots was a great pleasure. Image below also by Jack Ferguson.

info below taken from our sister site.... www.hongkongsnakeid.com

DESCRIPTION

Generally tan to olive green with black checkering running the length of the body, lateral strips running back from the eyes with a 'V' shaped black line behind the head around the neck. Both juvenile and mature specimens exhibit the same colors and patterning with juveniles showing brighter more defined colors. Color morphs possible including colored markings on the sides.

BEHAVIOR

Active during the night and day, the Checkered Keelback is relatively common in Hong Kong. It is known to be aggressive and quick to bite as well as flattening its head and neck and rising up off the ground similar to the Red Neck Keelback. Hunts small amphibians and fish.

HABITAT

Usually found in grass lands near water, rice fields and other slow moving bodies of water. This species hunts fish, frogs and occasionally toads as its favorite prey. Checkered Keelbacks are found all over Hong Kong including Hong Kong Island.

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