Long-Nosed Whip Snake

The Long-Nosed Whip Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) is a mildly venomous arboreal snake, often called the Green Vine Snake, but it is not the same as the South American Green Vine Snake (Oxybelis fulgidus). Ahaetulla means eye plucker, because it strikes the eyes of its prey.

The Long-Nosed Whip Snake is slender and bright green with a pointed snout (nose). It has black and white scale markings, which are mostly hidden, and only shown when it expands its body to deter predators. Its colour is an excellent camouflage in trees.

Long-Nosed Whip Snake


It measures about 150 centimetres (59 inches) in length.

The Long-Nosed Whip Snake is native to Asia, in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is arboreal, living in trees.

It is diurnal, active during the day. It feeds on frogs and lizards.

The Long-Nosed Whip Snake is viviparous, giving birth to live young.

Long-Nosed Whip Snake

Long-Nosed Whip Snake


Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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