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Orange-necked Keelback
   
   

Fig 1
 

ゥ  Leong Tzi Ming

Fig 2
 

ゥ  Leong Tzi Ming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family : NATRICIDAE
Species : Macropisthodon flaviceps
Maximum Size : 85 cm

The Orange-necked Keelback (or 'Orange-lipped Keelback') is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic snake inhabiting streams and swampy areas near primary and secondary forest. It occurs up to 1300 metres above sea level, and preys mainly on amphibians and lizards. 

The images shown here illustrate the fairly typical colour and patterning of the species, which comprises a greyish-brown body with pale cross-bars, a thick orange-red neck band, and orange-red on the lips and sides of the head. The body is robust, the head somewhat wider than the body, and the eyes large. The dorsal scales are keeled.

This species occurs in Southern Thailand,  Peninsular Malaysia, and the islands of Nias, Sumatra and Bangka, as well as Borneo Kalimantan, Sarawak). It is absent from Singapore.


Figs 1 and 2 : Photographed at a semi-permanent forest pool near Rompin, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. This specimen measured around 60-70 cm. Photos thanks to Leong Tzi Ming


References : H3, H12