Oriental Whip Snake

Oriental Whip Snake by David Gandy

The above excellent photo of an Oriental Whip Snake was taken by my talented colleague David Gandy in Bangkok’s Railway Park (Suan Rot Fay) which is about five minutes from my home.

This is such a beautiful snake, not uncommon but hard to spot. The last time I saw one was in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the northwestern coast of Singapore – which incidentally is a hidden gem and I strongly recommend a visit. 

Generally you will come across Whip snakes by accident rather than design – like most snakes I suppose. Thus it was with my encounter. I was looking at some birds through some low-lying tree branches and my son excitedly pointed out the snake which was in my line of sight. I just wasn’t focussed upon it so could not immediately see it. Whip snakes are beautifully camouflaged in green and characterized by thin, elongated bodies, with extremely long tails and a sharply triangular-shaped head. They mainly prey on lizards, frogs and sometimes rodents. They are venomous but not dangerous to humans. They move in an extremely deliberate and subtle manner which is also why they are generally so hard to see.

Advertisements

About The Weary Traveller

I like to walk up and down hills. I've been so very fortunate to have lived most of my life in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman and U.A.E). I now live and work in Bangkok. I'm past the half century now and can't help but feel that some of the mountains that I've climbed lately I should have done yesteryear. The mind is willing if the legs are not always so. Here are some stories and realized dreams of hills climbed and, dales and deserts crossed. With a bit of art thrown in. I hope you might enjoy.
This entry was posted in Singapore, Snakes, Thailand. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Oriental Whip Snake

  1. Stacy Nixon says:

    What do you think concerning adding some more illustrations? No offence, content is really nice. Just according to the scientists humans acquire info much more effective if there are some useful pictures.

    Stacy Nixon
    jammers com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s