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Asian Vine Snake

Ahaetulla nasuta

Description:

While walking in the thick forest with foggy weather we were trying to find the one which looks like a vine with hypnotic yellow eyes. We passed by many plants, trees, shrubs, and more but it all looked similar and we understand that whether or not we can see them, they are watching us. Suddenly, it started raining and we realized that now it's our chance as the fog started to move out. Now, we were able to see more clearly and there it was, watching us while guarding the woods. It was like a slender vine with a horizontal black pupil which can easily disappear by blending in the surroundings because of its perfect camouflage. When in disguise, one can hardly find them and can easily pass for a vine on a plant because of similar color texture. This amazing creature from western ghats is a mildly venomous snake. As we know snakes are critically important animals to maintain the balance in the food chain by controlling rodents or other tertiary consumers population. Despite that, many snakes species are under threat of extinction due to increasing conflict with humans, habitat destruction, road kills, over-harvesting, and even climate change.

Habitat:

Near a roadside on a small plant during daytime. Many vehicles pass regularly on this road but one has to spend much time to find them because of their amazing camouflage.

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2 Comments

jazz.mann
jazz.mann a month ago

remarkably good notes. keep up the good work. great first spotting and welcome.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a month ago

Hi Shah Harsch and welcome to Project NOAH.
I hope you will be able to fully enjoy the site. Project Noah is a tool for people to learn about wildlife, share wildlife spottings, build nature journals and engage in citizen science. Here you will find a friendly community of people passionate about wildlife and conservation.

I covered your spotting temporarily (and will revert to you shortly) as the picture include people on the bike - this is not something we are interested in. I would suggest you crop your picture to fit the requirements, provided the snake is not captive.

You may want to visit our FAQ section here: https://www.projectnoah.org/faqs , in order to check what kind of spotting we encourage.

We hope you enjoy our website and community as much as we do!

Enjoy yourself, learn, share and see you around.

Cheers
Zlatan

Shah Harsh
Spotted by
Shah Harsh

Amboli, Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Aug 15, 2021
Submitted on Sep 20, 2021

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