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3 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

Rhabdophis is the only genus of snakes that has been shown to be poisonous. They secrete toxins from the back of their neck just like a toad would, so if you lick it or eat it, it harms you. Then also mildly venomous if they bite you. Super neat snakes!

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 4 years ago

Poisonous... as in poisonous if we eat it? And venomous too? I've never heard of a poisonous snake. I'm totally going to read that article! Thanks, AshleyT! As usual, you've got good stuff to share!

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

I am pretty sure this is the tiger keelback (Rhabdophis tigrinus), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhabdophis...

Tough to say for sure since we can't see much of the body. But if it is this species, it's one of the few snakes on the planet that is truly poisonous. They are mildly venomous too. Neat group of snakes! Here is a cool article on it http://news.mongabay.com/2007/01/snake-b...

kajsabrittsjo
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kajsabrittsjo

Japan

Lat: 36.36, Long: 138.57

Spotted on Aug 4, 2015
Submitted on Aug 4, 2015

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