Oriental Whip Snake swallows Changeable Lizard

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“Decided to walk to the Night Heron look out at the new Visitor Centre of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve after a volunteers dialogue. This was about 12.10 pm.

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“While walking back towards the exhibition centre, saw on the side of my left eye the low bushes and leaves trashing about.

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“An Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) just caught a Changable Lizard (Calotes versicolor).

“Spent the next one hour taking photos and video.

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“As the snake maneuvered its mouth on the lizard’s shoulders, in front of its legs it knows the game was up and stopped trashing.

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“After swallowing the lizard you can see the snake’s body contracting and crushing the lizard. The skin also has black patterns (below).

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“Caught this same scene at Lower Pierce some years ago with a sun skink. The whip snake also takes small birds.

“After swallowing the lizard except the tail it moved up to a horizontal position to swallow further and crush it in in belly.”

Jerome Pang
20th August 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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