Haha, I would say there are a lot of contenders, but I haven't got any actual measurements of speed to compare, just stories of being burnt by various colubrids in Asia. Certainly Dendrelaphis sp.
would be up there and we can't forget Psammophis sp.
if going a little further West in Asia. In terms of sheer speed (if they don't have to be on the ground!) it would be hard to overlook Chrysopelea
though, particularly when they're gliding or jumping. I was once burnt by a wild C. paradisi
in the carpark of Singapore Zoo, it went up a tree from the ground and just when I thought I had it, it launched from head height two metres across a gap into a thicket of shrubs and then disappeared. I remember the gleeful laughter of my companion as I stood there with my jaw on the floor.
Anyway I think there are a lot of fast snakes in Asia
, I think sometimes the fastest snake is the snake nearest to the edge of the road! I have never had an opportunity to play with P. dhumnades
but the Ptyas sp.
I have messed me have impressed me as much as any other snakes in terms of their athleticism..I think it's a very cool genus!