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Blyth's Reticulated Snake

Blythia reticulata

Description:

Blythia reticulata, commonly known as Blyth's reticulate snake, Blyth's reticulated snake, or the iridescent snake. It is a species of snake in the family Colubridae, endemic to Asia. When caught in the sunlight the scales have a rainbow iridescence. Total length of Blyth's reticulated snake is 16.6 in (420 mm), which includes a tail 1.65 in (42 mm) long.

Habitat:

Seen In Gibbon WLS, Assam, NE India. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, formerly known as the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or Hollongapar Reserve Forest, is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Jorhat district of Assam, India. It is small, 20.98 sq. kms, surrounded by tea plantations and human settlements. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is classified as "Assam plains alluvial semi-evergreen forests" with some wet evergreen forest patches. It receives 249 cm (98 in) of rainfall on average per year. and is situated at an altitude between 100 and 120 m (330 and 390 ft). It is home to 7 out of the 15 species of apes found in India and also the Bengal slow loris and is a wonderful place to find butterflies.

Notes:

For nearly 150 years the genus Blythia was monotypic, which means that it contained one single species. In 2017 a second species in the genus Blythia was described, Blythia hmuifang, on the basis of four specimens originating from the state of Mizoram, India.

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11 Comments

pamsai
pamsai a month ago

Leuba, someone questioned whether it should be allowed on PN because it was being held. I explained that the local guide picked it up to show me and I took 3 or 4 quick photos then put it back on the path and it continued on its way. He seemed to know how to handle snakes and definitely didn't hurt it.

pamsai
pamsai a month ago

thanks Mark...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a month ago

Wow ! Congratulations Pam. Why controversial ? It is a beauty.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a month ago

Lovely spotting Pam. Congrats.

pamsai
pamsai a month ago

thanks again Neil...

pamsai
pamsai a month ago

thanks Daniele for giving this controversial spotting the SOTD. Personally, I love this photo. Beautiful little snake...

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a month ago

Congrats on SOTD!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Excellent. Congratulations, Pam.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 months ago

Congratulations pamsai, this beautiful snake is our Spotting of the Day:

"Blyth's reticulated snake, also known as the iridescent snake, is our Spotting of the Day! This beautiful colubrid snake is found in parts of India and Southeast Asia. For nearly 150 years the genus Blythia was monotypic, which means that it contained one single species. In 2017 a second species in the genus Blythia was described, Blythia hmuifang, on the basis of four specimens originating from the state of Mizoram, India".

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pamsai
pamsai 2 months ago

Yes Neil, they shone like rainbows in the sun...

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

That's a beautiful snake, Pam, and those scales look so polished. Wonderful:)

Assam, India

Lat: 26.68, Long: 94.35

Spotted on Apr 12, 2016
Submitted on Dec 15, 2018

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