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Leptophis cf. ahaetulla

Giant Parrot Snake

Description:

Long slender green snake with a yellow line running down it's back and on each side, white below the yellow stripes on it's sides.Large golden yellow eyes that continue a black stripe on each side of the head through them.

Habitat:

Was found on top of a large Heliconia leaf next to a trail though a forest.

Notes:

I'm a little unsure as to the ID on this snake, as I've photographed other Leptophis ahaetulla in this same area that were a very close match for images that I've found online. You can check one of them out here, http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/309... This has several features that are different from others I've encountered. It has Yellow stripes running down it's back and sides and below the side stripes it's white. I know this species is pretty variable, but due to the fact that I've seen quite a few that were all pretty much like the one in the spotting above, I'm wondering if this might be a different species of snake that I just haven't been able to find any reference to.

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10 Comments

RickBohler
RickBohler 6 years ago

awesome!!!!

Beauty !

Muckpuk
Muckpuk 6 years ago

Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous snake. What a lovely spotting!

MarcTe
MarcTe 6 years ago

amazing series! beautiful snake :)

SG in CR
SG in CR 6 years ago

Translation for those who don't understand Spanish. Manuel's suggestion of L. mexicanus has a loreal scale according to the species description in the link I posted. The snake in my posting doesn't have a loreal scale.

SG in CR
SG in CR 6 years ago

Manuel, yo pensé igual. Pero la descripción en la pagina de INBio, http://darnis.inbio.ac.cr/ubis/FMPro?-DB... dice que la L. mexicanus ,"Existe una escama loreal que separa la prefrontal y las supralabiales." Y la culebra en la foto mía no tiene eso.

Gloster Birder
Gloster Birder 6 years ago

It's quite like Green-headed Tree Snake that I've just posted http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/480... very nice shot.

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

What a nice encounter!

beaker98
beaker98 6 years ago

What a great capture! Nicely done!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

wooooooow !!! awesome clicks....

SG in CR
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SG in CR

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 9, 2014
Submitted on Jul 14, 2014

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