Dendrelaphis caudolineatus

Dendrelaphis caudolineatus

Dendrelaphis caudolineatus is a common species of colubrid snake known commonly as the striped bronzeback. There are five subspecies which range in distribution from southern Burma to Sulawesi.

The snake can reach a length of 180 centimeters but is usually closer to 140 cm. It is mostly arboreal but rarely climbs higher than 2 meters. It has been recorded in most habitats in its range, from coastal lowlands to mountainous areas up to 1500 in elevation. It feeds mainly on smaller reptiles and amphibians.

Subspecies

  • D. c. terrificus (Peters, 1871) is found across northeast Sulawesi and into the southern Philippines.
  • D. c. flavescens (Gaulke, 1994) is found in the Sulu Archipelago.
  • D. c. caudolineatus (Gray, 1834) is fairly widespread from Burma and Thailand to Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Sumatra, and into the Philippines.
  • D. c. luzonensis (Leviton, 1964) is found on the southern islands of the Philippines
  • D. c. modestus (Boulenger, 1894) is found on the Maluku Islands.

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