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checkered keelback

Xenochrophis piscator

Description:

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)

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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50 Comments (1–25)

bg11a8
bg11a8 5 years ago

amazing shots! congrats on the great spotting

rams4d
rams4d 5 years ago

Very Impressive

HemantKumar
HemantKumar 5 years ago

check for the full full sequence in Gif
http://360pixual.blogspot.in/p/gif.html

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

Great series!

long-island15
long-island15 6 years ago

wow thats is an amazing shoot

PongWira
PongWira 6 years ago

Great spot!

HemantKumar
HemantKumar 6 years ago

thank you all..:)

Poor.
Great shot!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 6 years ago

How Spectacular! Gorgeous Captures Kemant! Well deserved SOTD!

Ursula
Ursula 6 years ago

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

DonnaBollenbach
DonnaBollenbach 6 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
williefromwi 6 years ago

Congrats on your wonderful Spotting of the Day Hemant!

Amazing series!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Mind blowing as always! Congrats!

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 6 years ago

great spotting ... congrats !!

drP
drP 6 years ago

Wow! Nice SOTD!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Congratulations!

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 6 years ago

Wonderful spot ...congrats !!

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

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

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

Superb shot

HemantKumar
HemantKumar 6 years ago

thank you friends

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations !!

Seema
Seema 6 years ago

Incredible spotting Hemant

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations :)

HemantKumar
Spotted by
HemantKumar

Andhra Pradesh, India

Lat: 15.58, Long: 79.76

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

Spotted for Mission

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