Snakes in the grass

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Lena Chow encountered an evening drama on 11th April 2015 at Singapore’s Lorong Halus Wetlands.

There was a brief battle between a Striped Kukri Snake (Oligodon octolineatus) and a Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) in the grass (above).

The Striped Kukri is prominent in its vermillion stripe along the middle of the back flanked by three black stripes on each side (above). It has a pinkish belly (below). It eats snakes in addition to lizards and bird eggs.

The Sunbeam Snake is less prominent, brownish to black and much longer than the Striped Kukri. It also eats other snakes (below).

Being longer, the Sunbeam had the advantage and was winning the battle.

The video above shows the Striped Kukri scrambling up the stem of a bush, escaping from the battle scene.

Lena Chow
Singapore
April 2015

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