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Checkered keelback

Xenochrophis piscator

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Spotted it when it came to my fish pond.

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10 Comments

SaswatMishra
SaswatMishra 4 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/2146...

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

SaswatMishra
SaswatMishra 4 years ago

Terrific shot !

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 4 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
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 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
sunnyjosef 4 years ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Awesome :)

InêsVeloso
InêsVeloso 4 years ago

stunning pictures!!

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

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

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

Probably some of my favorite snake photos ever!!!

Nick Ciavolella
Nick Ciavolella 4 years ago

very nice

sunnyjosef
Spotted by
sunnyjosef

Ernakulam, Kerala, India

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

Spotted for Mission

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