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Buff Striped Keelback - eating a frog

Amphiesma stolatum


The buff striped keelback is diurnal, and although mostly seen on land, it can readily take to water. It has long rear teeth for catching frogs and toads. The buff striped keelback is nonvenomous and totally harmless. When alarmed, it inflates its body causing the bright interscale colours to be exposed. Sometimes, the snake flattens and narrows its head to form a hood. This behaviour sometimes causes the species to be mistaken by laypersons for a baby cobra.


The buff striped keelback inhabits river banks, marshy areas and wetlands but is also commonly found in fields, open countrysides and overgrown grassy patches during the monsoon season.

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78 Comments (1–25)

grade-78-science10 2 years ago

this snake looks like a cobra,but is smaller than the cobra,but his appetite was amazing,it can eat down a life frog.

triggsturner 3 years ago

What a great series. The cycle of life.

yunseong1 4 years ago

Really amazing!

armadeus.4 4 years ago

Amazing set of shots! Thank you for sharing :)

NuwanChathuranga 4 years ago

Thank you bg11a8, staccyh and Searra !!

staccyh 4 years ago

Wow, great series. What an amazing find :)

bg11a8 5 years ago

great series!

NuwanChathuranga 5 years ago

Thank you Alejandra!


NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

thanks Kalee!


NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

thank you Gopal :-)

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 6 years ago

congrats bro..:)

NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

thanks Arun !!

Arun 6 years ago

Cngrts Nuwan :)

Uday 6 years ago

welcome! :)

NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

thank you Uday , sofiar1 , Toshimi and Maria !

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Wow, what an amazing series. Kind of makes you wish it would bite the frog and kill it before swallowing it alive though. Congratulations on your SOTD!

ToshimiDowaki 6 years ago

Exciting series! Congratulations Nuwan!!

Uday 6 years ago

congrats nuwan!
great series

NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

thank you Jolly ,Reza and Ary !

Congratulations Nuwan....well deserved :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Congratulations Nuwan

NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Many thanks for the nice words and encouragement guys 'n gals :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

WOW fantastic series Nuwan
Congratulations :):)

Western Province, Sri Lanka

Lat: 7.30, Long: 80.09

Spotted on Aug 27, 2012
Submitted on Aug 27, 2012

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