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checkered keelback

Xenochrophis piscator


This snake's eyes are rather small, and shorter than its distance from the nostril in the adult. Its rostral scale is visible from above. The internasal scales are much narrowed anteriorly and subtriangular, with the anterior angle truncated and as long as the prefrontal scales. The frontal scale is longer than its distance from the end of the snout, and as long as the parietals or a little shorter. The loreal is nearly as long as it is deep. There is one preocular and three (rarely four) post-oculars. Its temporals are 2+2 or 2+3. There are normally nine upper labials, with the fourth and fifth entering the eye and five lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields, which are shorter than the posterior. Scales are arranged in 19 rows, strongly keeled, with outer rows smooth. Ventrals are at 125–158, anal divided, with subcaudals at 64–90. Coloration is very variable, consisting of dark spots arranged quincuncially and often separated by a whitish network, or of black longitudinal bands on a pale ground, or of dark cross bands, with or without whitish spots. Two oblique black streaks, one below and the other behind the eye, are nearly constant, lower parts white, with or without black margins to the shields.(wiki)


This snake is found in or near freshwater lakes or rivers. It feeds mainly on small fish and water frogs.


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47 Comments (1–25)

bg11a8 9 years ago

amazing shots! congrats on the great spotting

rams4d 10 years ago

Very Impressive

HemantKumar 10 years ago

check for the full full sequence in Gif

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Great series!

long-island15 10 years ago

wow thats is an amazing shoot

PongWira 10 years ago

Great spot!

HemantKumar 10 years ago

thank you all..:)

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago

Great shot!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

How Spectacular! Gorgeous Captures Kemant! Well deserved SOTD!

Ursula 10 years ago

oh, my! this snake was so busy it didn't mind you taking picture whilst feasting :) Cool!

DonnaBollenbach 10 years ago

Wow, I've never seen a snake eating a fish. A frog, yes, but not a fish. Very cool series! And Congrats on your SOTD!

williefromwi 10 years ago

Congrats on your wonderful Spotting of the Day Hemant!

cranbrook-sda-youth1 10 years ago

Amazing series!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Mind blowing as always! Congrats!

KrantiAzad 10 years ago

great spotting ... congrats !!

drP 10 years ago

Wow! Nice SOTD!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago


SandraPereira 10 years ago

Wonderful spot ...congrats !!

Amazing capture Hemant,congrats on another SOTD and thanks for sharing such a beautiful spotting page

RiekoS 10 years ago

Amazing spots. Congratulations for your another spotting of the day!

Superb shot

HemantKumar 10 years ago

thank you friends

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations !!

Seema 10 years ago

Incredible spotting Hemant

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations :)

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Budavada, Andhra Pradesh, India

Spotted on Apr 8, 2013
Submitted on Apr 8, 2013

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