A Mountain Wolf Snake in sub-montane
habitat at Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia (Elevation = 1000 metres).
Photo thanks to Leong Tzi Ming.
Family : COLUBRIDAE
Species: Lycodon butleri
Maximum Size : 90 cm
The Mountain or Butler's
Wolf Snake is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia, and seems restricted to
Its slender body is dark brown, patterned with numerous irregular pale bands
which are widely spaced towards the head but become more closely spaced
towards the tail. The species lacks a pale collar, which is a feature of
other Lycodon species, such as the
Common House Snake L. capucinus.
The head is slightly wider than the body, and the eye is of medium size.
In Peninsular Malaysia the
species may be found in the old colonial hill resorts of Maxwell Hill (Bukit
Larut), Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hill.