Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Class Reptilia > shore
seen? In a suitable freshwater habitat, they can be quite
to Baker, in Singapore, they are common in inland water bodies in
rural areas and forests. However, they are only active at night. Elsewhere,
they are found in rivers, swamps, canals and ponds. They are considered
a pest on freshwater fish farms.
Features: To about 1.2m long. It has a brown stripe through the eye that
forms a kind of W-shaped dark mask around the head, and dark-edged
brown bands on a paler brown body. The bands tend to be faded in adults
which may be a uniform grey-brown, while juveniles have black bands
on red, orange or white. Mildly venomous, it is a gentle snake and
will not bite if it is left alone.
does it eat? It eats mainly fishes. Also frogs.
Baby snakes: Mama snake gives
birth to live young in litters of 2-20.
Human uses: In Cambodia, this snake is heavily exploited and sold
as food and for its skin in neighbouring countries such as Vietnam
and threats:This snake is listed as 'Vulnerable'
on the Red List of threatened animals of Singapore.
Wetland Reserve, Aug 06
Buloh Wetland Reserve, Aug 06
water snakes on Singapore shores
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