Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina)

Habitat :

HABITAT AND ECOLOGY This species inhabits both primary lowland and montane moist forests, secondary forests, dry and open forests, scrublands, plantations, gardens (David and Vogel 1996), monsoon forest (McKay 2006), cultivated land, roadsides, and city gardens (R. Inger pers. comm.). Sharma (2003) states that species of this genus are arboreal, diurnal snakes, living on shrubs and bushes, but forage on the ground. In the Southeast Asian mainland and in the Philippines the snake occupies most of these habitats, and has been found in coconut plantations and areas given over to agroforestry. It ranges from sea level to about 1,300 m elevation. In Sumatra, this species has been recorded at elevations ranging from sea-level up to over 900 m above sea level in Kerinci Valley, 920 m above sea level at Fort-de-Kock in the Padang Highlands, and around 1,300 m above sea level near Berastagi (David and Vogel 1996).

Current Status :

No species-specific conservation measures are required. This common and widespread snake is found in numerous protected areas within its range. Further research is needed to clarify the taxonomy of this species complex, and to clarify the appropriate taxonomic status of recognized subspecies. The status of local subpopulations in Indochina should be monitored where possible.


CLASS : Reptilia

ORDER : Squamata

FAMILY : Colubridae

GENUS : Ahaetulla

SPECIES : Asian Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina)

Conservation status : Least Concern

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Update : 06 April 2017