Sri Lankan Flying Snake ( Chrysopelea taprobanica Smith, 1943 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Chrysopelea taprobanica (Smith, 1943)
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Sri Lankan Flying Snake (Chrysopelea taprobanica)
Distribution: 
Recorded from Seshachalam and Rishi Valley (Eastern Ghats) of Andhra Pradesh. More distributed in Sri Lanka.
Venom Type: 
Neurotoxic
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

Can be identified by checking combination of following  characters: Arboreal habit, olive brown dorsal marked with black crossbands, head marked with yellow and black markings.
Taxonomically it can be differentiated from its closest species Ornate Flying Snake C. ornata by checking coloration (which is greenish-black in C. ornata) and last ventral which is not divided in C. taprobanica.

Description: 

Average length- 70cm.
Maximum length- 96cm.

Scalation
Head: 
Supralabial 9; 4th to 6th in contact with eyes; loreal 1 or absent; preocular 1; postocular 2; anterior temporal 2+2.
Dorsal: 
Smooth or weakly keeled scales in 17: 19/17: 15/13 rows.
Ventral: 
198-214; more or less distinctly keeled; last ventral not divided.
Sub Caudal: 
106-123; paired.
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