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American Pipe Snake

Anilius s. scytale


These are highly colorful snakes in the Aniliidae family. Although they only have two colors, those colors can vary. The black rings are always black, but the normally red bands can be bright red to dull orange. The longest one I have encountered was 106 cm. Most are somewhat smaller, 50-75 cm. They are ovovivíparos.


These are normally considered to eat fish however I did witness one in the process of eating another smaller snake. As fish eaters they are found in and around water. These are found in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.


Striking snakes (no pun intended) with bright colors, graceful in water.

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Tukup a month ago

Thanks Neil :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

How did I miss this one? That's a beautiful snake. A good pun too, none-the-less ;)

Tukup 8 months ago

Thanks Ashley. It is an honor to be able to represent some little-seen critters from the Amazon. I appreciate the nomination.

AshleyT 8 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Tukup 8 months ago

Thanks Mark. Just catching up on comments a little. With all the colors of leaves and plants, especially at the water's edge, you'd be surprised how easy it is to miss them. This one was a little out of its element :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Magnificent snake. Difficult to miss I guess.

Tukup 9 months ago

Thanks Lisa. I have quite a few more fantastic snake shots I hope to be adding soon.

LisaPowers 9 months ago

Gorgeous snake! Thanks for sharing!

Tukup 9 months ago

I'm afraid I'm overwhelming some as I've been taking pictures for 3 decades and just lately found Project Noah. Thanks for that word. These snakes are beautiful.

Brian38 9 months ago

Love the colors and shiny gloss on this one! Thanks so much for sharing Tukup! I enjoy all your spottings, especially the ones from Ecuador - as I haven't seen many of these species before.

Spotted by

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Mar 30, 2017
Submitted on Feb 3, 2019

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