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Cave Dwelling Snake
   
   

Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species : Orthriophis taeniurus ridleyi
Maximum Size : 2.5 metres

The Cave Dwelling Snake or Cave Racer inhabits limestone caves, occasionally venturing to the cave entrance. It is considered a specialised subspecies of the more widespread Orthriophis taeniurus.

The anterior scales are yellowish-brown or beige, and the posterior scales black, with a thick, white or yellow vertebral stripe. The head is slender and bears a thick, black eye-mask. The top of the head is bluish. It preys mainly on bats.

The species occurs in southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.


Fig 1 : Specimen from Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.  Photo thanks to Kelvin Lim


References : H1, H3

Fig 1
    
ゥ  Kelvin Lim