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1 Species ID Suggestions

Sean Uhl
Sean Uhl 7 years ago
Banded Flying Snake
Chrysopelea pelias Chrysopelea

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Sean Uhl
Sean Uhl 7 years ago

I may be wrong but I will tell you why I'm think it is a C. pelias (actually I believe it to be a subspecies but when I tried to include that in the entry it would not post). The snake in the picture here has bands; C. ornata and C. paradisi both have markings that are more like crosshatching. On that same note, C. ornata has a line down the center of each scale and C. paradisi has a spot on the center of each scale. The snake shown here does not appear to have either of those traits. Plus it may be hard to see in a photograph...there's not much for size comparison, but judging by the blades of grass and leaves laying near by I'd guess this snake is very small. C. pelias is the smallest of the flying snake species.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Yea, I don't think it is C. pelias at all. I was stuck between C. paradisi and C. ornata

Jellis 7 years ago

Chrysopelea Paradisi ?

Sean Uhl
Sean Uhl 7 years ago

Wikipedia says this is one of the most rare species of flying snake and while they can move horizontally through the air, they do not glide as well as the C. paradisi. Here is a blog post you may find interesting ... the post is from 2012 and apparently this was a previously unknown subspecies of the flying snake. Two people mention location, one said Panay Island and another said Capiz. *I'm not familiar with the geography of the Philippines, but from what I see online it looks like Capiz is on Panay Island (?)*

AshleyT 7 years ago

One of the flying tree snakes in the genus Chrysopelea, I'm not good at telling species apart though

Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 3, 2015
Submitted on Dec 12, 2015

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