It is currently September 17th, 2014, 3:34 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 21 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 23rd, 2012, 3:58 am 
User avatar

Joined: July 17th, 2012, 4:47 am
Posts: 88
Location: Bukit Batok,Singapore
Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 23rd, 2012, 6:48 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 11:30 am
Posts: 354
Location: U.K.
Nice snakes - where did you manage to photograph these?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 23rd, 2012, 8:45 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 2891
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
cool...what's the Big-eye's scientific name?


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 2:36 am 
User avatar

Joined: July 17th, 2012, 4:47 am
Posts: 88
Location: Bukit Batok,Singapore
Thank you for the comments!The oriental is a very common snake in Singapore,the individual in this shot was found perched on a low shrub at the side of a very busy road.the scientific name for the big eyed green whip snake is Ahaetulla mycterizans It is rather common in primary rain-forests.But they are very well camouflaged so your best chances of spotting one is by scrutising every single sapling on the trails:lol:.Both species are very docile, although mildly venomous.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 2:50 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 2891
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Thanks! Had no idea mycterizans existed! You live in Singapore?


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 3:22 am 
User avatar

Joined: July 17th, 2012, 4:47 am
Posts: 88
Location: Bukit Batok,Singapore
Yup!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 3:57 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 2891
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
I picked this prasina off a twig (using the method you describe :-)) last Friday night. They sure are pretty....

Image


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 5:43 pm 
User avatar

Joined: May 11th, 2012, 4:50 pm
Posts: 72
Beautiful pics!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 25th, 2012, 2:23 am 
User avatar

Joined: July 17th, 2012, 4:47 am
Posts: 88
Location: Bukit Batok,Singapore
Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
I picked this prasina off a twig (using the method you describe :-)) last Friday night. They sure are pretty....

Image


Excellent work!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 26th, 2012, 5:50 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 2891
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Thank you! They're easy to photograph, though, as long as YOU can hold (the camera) still :-)


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 27th, 2012, 2:25 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Posts: 2662
Location: San Antonio, TX
fickle-minder wrote:
Thank you for the comments!The oriental is a very common snake in Singapore,the individual in this shot was found perched on a low shrub at the side of a very busy road.the scientific name for the big eyed green whip snake is Ahaetulla mycterizans It is rather common in primary rain-forests.But they are very well camouflaged so your best chances of spotting one is by scrutising every single sapling on the trails:lol:.Both species are very docile, although mildly venomous.


When I used to herp around Jakarta, it took me a while to learn that. I used to bemoan the paucity of snakes I would find, until I started carefully scanning roadside bushes/hedges for Ahaetulla. Turned out I could find at least one an hour if I was patient. The brown ones were the tough ones (sorry, don't know which species they were :( ).

Just like searching for Opheodrys aestivus here in the US, I found it was easier to spot them at night.

Those mycterizans look like cool snakes. Now that I have more field expertise and that field guides are available, I wish I had access to all the cool places I had visited in Indonesia in my "youth".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 27th, 2012, 6:42 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 11:30 am
Posts: 354
Location: U.K.
Definitely easier to spot with a torch at night.

Image
Long-nosed Whip Snake - (Ahaetulla nasuta) in Thailand.

Image
Same snake by day.

and a brown one,

Image
Oriental Whip Snake - (Ahaetulla prasina), Malaysia.

I have never been able to find mycterizans - so good spot fickle-minder. Do you have - (does anyone have) shots of Ahaetulla fasciolata? Another beauty from your part of the world.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: July 27th, 2012, 7:18 pm 
User avatar

Joined: July 17th, 2012, 4:47 am
Posts: 88
Location: Bukit Batok,Singapore
Awsome catch!I have never seen the brown form yet.Still looking.... :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: September 16th, 2012, 12:07 am 
User avatar

Joined: July 17th, 2012, 4:47 am
Posts: 88
Location: Bukit Batok,Singapore
Two days ago,I've encountered this brown oriental whip snake,with weird speckles on the head!Much like the Ahaetulla fasciolata!I'm really confused now as Ahaetulla fasciolata has not been recorded in Singapore yet!I'm a little confused now! :crazyeyes: can anyone help me?
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: September 16th, 2012, 5:48 am 

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 1:17 am
Posts: 136
First off all, awesome snakes.

More importantly, Fickle-minder, holy cr@p, that brown one sure does look a lot like a fasciolata (all the distinct markings, seems to be more like a fasciolata but who knows)?!?!?! Where did you find it? Maybe that can help determine in a way its id???? I know there is supposed to be a small population of fasciolata in the bukit timah nature reserve according to singapore red data book. That would be an awesome find!

Sorry btw I havent contacted you about local herping, university is more time consuming than expected lol

Also, a. prasina is common, but i actually find that a. mycterizans is pretty much even more abundant in our nature reserves if you know its microhabitat and behaviour. In fact, a. mycterizans here is about as common as mabuya rufigera (also listed as vulnerable or rare or something) and the five banded flying dragon. Just gotta know how to find them ;)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: September 16th, 2012, 6:20 pm 

Joined: August 5th, 2012, 2:38 pm
Posts: 8
Location: Belton, TX
Awesome pictures of incredible snakes!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: September 18th, 2012, 1:55 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 16th, 2010, 12:26 pm
Posts: 552
Excellent shots of a beautiful snake.

Regards,
David


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: September 18th, 2012, 4:36 am 
User avatar

Joined: October 18th, 2011, 12:03 pm
Posts: 2243
Location: San Francisco, California
These would be exquisite silk screen subjects - like cranes. But I rarely see snakes depicted.

Your photography and their perfection are the great art.
Thank you Fickleminder :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: September 19th, 2012, 11:27 am 
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 3:08 am
Posts: 557
http://www.herpnation.com/hn-gallery/bi ... cterizans/

What a great shot!

thanks,
scott


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: October 10th, 2012, 2:04 am 
User avatar

Joined: October 1st, 2012, 12:57 am
Posts: 50
Location: Singapore
Scott Waters wrote:
http://www.herpnation.com/hn-gallery/big-eyed-green-whip-snake-ahaetulla-mycterizans/

What a great shot!

thanks,
scott

That shot should be the Oriental instead. The second shot is the Big-eyed. Note the difference in the darker color of the iris, shorter head, bigger eye and the white belly of the Big-eyed.


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
 Post subject: Re: Oriental and Big Eyed Whip Snake
PostPosted: October 10th, 2012, 2:15 am 
User avatar

Joined: October 1st, 2012, 12:57 am
Posts: 50
Location: Singapore
There are possible hybrids of the 2 species spotted too.


Top
 Profile WWW 
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 21 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Ribbit and 16 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: