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This beauty of a reptile is known as the Tiger Keelback (Rhabdophis tigrinus) and is found in a few select areas of Eastern Asia. The typical length of this snake is around 60-100 cm (24-39 inches). Chemical and visual cues are used by this snake in order to find food, which basically means they use both smelling and their tongues, along with their eyes to hunt. The unlucky prey that will be digested by these unique fellows are typically small vertebrates. During colder weather, since they are cold blooded animals, they show more signs of aggression towards predators. In warmer weather, they are more likely to flee from a threat. They also have two glands, known as nuchal glands, which secrete steroid irritants gained from eating toads. This is a good defense used during colder weather. Even though they are venomous, human fatalities are extremely rare due to the teeth being located further back in the mouth than most snakes. This makes it hard for the teeth to grip and sink into the flesh of a larger prey, making it hard for venom to enter the blood stream.
Photo credit: t-mizo

This beauty of a reptile is known as the Tiger Keelback (Rhabdophis tigrinus) and is found in a few select areas of Eastern Asia. The typical length of this snake is around 60-100 cm (24-39 inches). Chemical and visual cues are used by this snake in order to find food, which basically means they use both smelling and their tongues, along with their eyes to hunt. The unlucky prey that will be digested by these unique fellows are typically small vertebrates. During colder weather, since they are cold blooded animals, they show more signs of aggression towards predators. In warmer weather, they are more likely to flee from a threat. They also have two glands, known as nuchal glands, which secrete steroid irritants gained from eating toads. This is a good defense used during colder weather. Even though they are venomous, human fatalities are extremely rare due to the teeth being located further back in the mouth than most snakes. This makes it hard for the teeth to grip and sink into the flesh of a larger prey, making it hard for venom to enter the blood stream.

Photo credit: t-mizo

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