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A strikingly handsome species, the Striped Kukri Snake - Oligodon octolineatus is easily identified by the longitudinal stripes comprising a dorsal reddish or orange stripe, and a number of brown or greenish lateral stripes on a black background. Kukri snakes are so-called on account of the shape of the teeth at the back of the mouth, which resemble the Kukri knife used by Gurkha soldiers. Kukri snakes, however, are non-venomous and quite harmless, though thay may attempt to bite if provoked.
Seen in Tawau Hills Park, a tropical rain forest, very high humidity and mossy. They probably feeds on frogs, which can be found in good numbers even away from stream/river.
Growing to a maximum 68 cm, this small snake is found in a range of habitats including forest, farmland, and sometimes parks and gardens. It seems to be both nocturnal and diurnal. This species ranges from Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Borneo and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Bangka, Java, Sulawesi and possibly the Philippines.