Blue Malayan Coral snake (Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps)

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This snake belongs to the Family Elapidae. Snakes in this family possess hollow fangs in the upper jaw, placed anteriorly.  The front-fangs deliver the venom which is fatal to humans. It can be found in the forest reserves of Singapore.  Known to be nocturnal in habit and feed on lizards, frogs, birds and smaller snakes including its own species.

The dorsal surface of this snake is black and a pair of blue stripes run along the side of the body. The head, ventral surface and the tail are red in colour. It is easily confused with the Red-headed Krait ( Bungarus flaviceps) and the Pink-headed Reed snake (Calamaria schlegeli).   Read this post about the Pink-headed Reed snake.

                               Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps, the Blue Malayan Coral snake.

 

Video 1 of the Blue Malayan Coral snake (Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps)

 

Video 2 of the Blue Malayan Coral snake (Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps)

Photo and videos by Francis Seow-Choen.

Reference:

  1. wiki.nus.edu.sg

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