Sunday, February 20, 2011

Reptilian visitor

Brown Tree Snakes (Boiga irregularis) are common nocturnal snakes in the tropics, we have seen quite a few while out at night. This one turned up at our neighbours backdoor. They belong to the family Colubridae; solid toothed and rear- fanged snakes. This particular species has rear-fangs and mild venom, and although they can be defensive at times, rarely do bites on humans cause envenomation. Birds are among their favoured prey, and due to their slender bodies they can easily enter bird cages for an easy meal.

Brown Tree Snake, Boiga irregularis

This nocturnal snake has a very thin agile body for climbing.

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