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Checkered keelback

Xenochrophis piscator


Common snake in Kerala, mainly found near water. Eats fish. Non venomous. But very aggressive and readily bites any handler. This snake is a large specimen about 80cm long. Mimics a cobra by flattening the neck portion and rearing up.


Spotted it when it came to my fish pond.

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SaswatMishra 7 years ago

Please add every great spotting made in INDIA in this mission. Thank you

SaswatMishra 7 years ago

Terrific shot !

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Thank you Dr. Sherpa for your comment.. This snake is actually quite harmless but once a Sawscale viper came visiting my home... That was very scary indeed!!!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

I actually hate snakes. May be as a doctor I've seen so many people die or maimed due to their bite! But your photo I couldn't help but 'like'! Karela's famous for King Cobras! Better watch out when you tread into the beautiful Nilgiris!

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Nick, Desmond, trigsturner, InesVeloso and Neil...Thank you so much dear friends..

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Awesome :)

InêsVeloso 7 years ago

stunning pictures!!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Wonderful series Sunny. Thank you so much for sharing these.

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Probably some of my favorite snake photos ever!!!

Nick Ciavolella
Nick Ciavolella 7 years ago

very nice

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Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Spotted on Jul 31, 2013
Submitted on Apr 17, 2016

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