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Checkered Snake

Siphlophis cervinus


This is a fairly rare little colubrid snake (I've seen only 6). It is a slender snake that can grow to slightly over a meter although the longest I have seen was 86.7 cm. The ground color is black and it is liberally "checkered" dorsally with small orange and yellow diamonds which somewhat form rows with the orange diamonds in the middle of the dorsum and the yellow going down the sides. The skin between the scales is white and can be seen when the snake's skin is stretched, after eating for example.


They are a tree snake, however many tree snakes can be found on the ground at times. This one was found in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador about 2 meters up in a native house eating a gecko. You can see the white skin between the scales where the gecko ended up.


This snake is called Serpiente Liana Pintada (Painted Vine Snake) in Spanish and simply Chichi napi by the natives, which they use for any "small slender snake." They are beautiful snakes. I'm glad I was able to rescue this one as the natives kill all snakes. Most have lost family members to snakebite so their fear is understood.

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DanielePralong a month ago

Thanks for your reply Tukup! Please let us know if this happens again.

Tukup a month ago

Yes. It seems to be working again. There was about a week where I know I missed some comment notifications and at least one patch notification, but all seems good now. Thanks for checking.

DanielePralong a month ago

Hi Tukup! Could you let me know by just replying here whether you got an email notification for this comment? Thanks!

Tukup 2 months ago

Thanks Dawn, Daniele and António. Sorry I'm late with this. I didn't receive any comment notifications until just now with António's comment. I was wondering about that as I thought it is a pretty cool snake too. Thanks all.

Great collours Tukup,beautiful snake,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 2 months ago

Beautiful pattern on this snake :-)

Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay
Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay 2 months ago

It is a cool find!

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Oct 9, 2007
Submitted on Feb 12, 2019

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