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bronzeback tree snake

Dendralaphis tristis

Description:



3 species ID suggestions

bronzeback tree snake
Dendralaphis tristis Dendrelaphis tristis
Hema
Hema 7 years ago
Common Krait ( Manya in Marathi)
Bungarus caeruleus Common Krait
Wall's Sind Krait
Bungarus sindanus walli

28 Comments (1–25)

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Yogesh, I have got a reply from Mr. Giri: I wish to bring to your kind attention that it is difficult to identify snakes without proper taxonomy i.e. scale counts. Thus it will be difficult for me to identify the species in the photos sent by you.

I guess you must not have counted the scales? If you find any more details let me know.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

That was by mistake Yogesh.

YogeshSave
YogeshSave 7 years ago

For what sorry Satyen?

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Thanks Yogesh. I have sent a mail asking for details form the Scientist Mr. Giri himself.

YogeshSave
YogeshSave 7 years ago

Sure Satyen,you always welcome, no need to take permission to download my picts...

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Yogesh I found an article in the TOI confirming the discovery of the new species here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/... but cannot get any images. If you permit me to download your photographs I can send them to TOI and see if we can get anything.

YogeshSave
YogeshSave 7 years ago

Thanks Everyone........A new species of bronze back tree snake has found in Maharastra, India. Sci. name is "Dendrelaphis Giri", is this the same one? Anyone help for that new specie's specification?

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely snake.

Aditi Rajan
Aditi Rajan 7 years ago

Thanks for the info Emma :)

NicholeSauve
NicholeSauve 7 years ago

Nice spotting. It has a pretty back. You may consider adding it to this mission:

http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8082...

I've seen one with a 300 mile radius that have people posting from all over the world, so I started this mission within the last week for Snakes of the World. I'd like to see a collection of them on here. = ) If it will let you, feel free to add this spotting.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

@ Aditi,
Here is a link which compares all the 4 deadliest snakes from India.
Quiet nighttime killer

3). The Krait - (Bungarus caeruleus)

The Krait bite is much less obvious and it is very difficult for people to know that they have been bitten at all. There may be no pain and no symptoms to be alarmed at; one may not take it seriously and go to hospital, especially in the middle of the night when most of such bites occur. So, unfortunately, the Krait bite is more often fatal than bites from the other three of the "Big Four".

Kraits usually range between 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m) in length. Most species of krait are covered in smooth glossy scales that are arranged in bold striped patterns of alternating black and light-colored areas. This gives the snake camouflage in its habitat of grassland and scrub jungle

All kraits are nocturnal hunters, and are more aggressive during the night. Although they tend to be more timid around humans, they are often encountered at night, in and around housing or agricultural areas and their neurotoxic venom is 16 times stronger than cobra venom. Krait venom is extremely powerful and quickly induces muscle paralysis. Any bite from a krait is life threatening and a medical emergency. Before antivenom was developed, there was an 85% mortality rate among bite victims.
http://www.squidoo.com/deadliest-snakes-...

YogeshSave
YogeshSave 7 years ago

Thanks S frazier, this is "Bronze back" thanks for the id. Thanks Emma,Aditi, Leuba .......

Aditi Rajan
Aditi Rajan 7 years ago

Your right Leuba ,Kraits are banded snake and as per my knowledge the potency of a kraits venom is not as high as the cobra,theyr just more common in rural areas and such thus cause more bites.
Bronze backs are non venomous

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Kraits have distinct bands. I would go with S Frazier's suggestion.
It is a venomous snake not necessarily poisonous.
ie, you might be able to eat it without a problem but getting bitten by it would be a totally different thing !!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

I'm no expert on kraits but the two species suggested appear to have white bands, however faint. I don't see that in these spotting photographs..

Aditi Rajan
Aditi Rajan 7 years ago

Your right,it definitely is a bronze back tree snake

Aditi Rajan
Aditi Rajan 7 years ago

Thanks :) Yogesh can u please tell us where exactly in Maharashtra u spotted this snake? Itll be easier to confirm my id..because due to the markings on the underside of its neck are very similar to that of a bronze back as S Frazier suggested

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Great work Aditi! :)

Aditi Rajan
Aditi Rajan 7 years ago

Yes Emma , i did suggest an id

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

@ aditi,you could be more accurate. The pattern on the snake is more similar to the Sind Krait.

Aditi Rajan
Aditi Rajan 7 years ago

I think this might not be the common krait because it lacks the significant white stripes on its back.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

How long was this snake?

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildhiss/24...
If this is the common Krait then it is 15 times more deadly than the Cobra!!

Union Territory of Dādra and Nagar Haveli, India

Lat: 19.86, Long: 72.68

Spotted on Dec 17, 2011
Submitted on Dec 18, 2011

Spotted for mission

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