Buff Striped Keelback

Buff Striped Keelback

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Amphiesma stolatum
Population size
Unknown
LENGTH
40-90 cm

The Buff striped keelback is a small nonvenomous colubrid snake. It is generally olive-brown to gray in color and has keeled scales on the dorsal surface of its body. Two yellow stripes along the length and to the sides of the spine are the distinctive feature of this snake. These stripes are diffuse at the head and are especially bright on the second half of its body. The sides of the head are yellow, and the head tapers to form a distinctive neck. The nape is red during the breeding season. The chin and throat are white or sometimes orange. There are black vertical markings in front of and behind the large eyes of this snake. Its eyes have large round pupils with golden flecks on the iris.

Distribution

Buff striped keelbacks are found throughout South and Southeast Asia. They inhabit well-watered lowland plains and hills and often frequent cultivated areas.

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Buff striped keelbacks are diurnal, and although mostly seen on land, they can readily take to the water. They lead a solitary life and typically aestivate during hot weather and appear at the end of summer. They are abundant during the rains. In north India, they hibernate 25 to 45 cm (about 10 to 18 inches) under the ground in soil, amongst grassroots. Buff striped keelbacks are totally harmless. When alarmed, these snakes inflate their body exposing the bright interscale colors. Sometimes, they flatten and narrow their head to form a hood. This behavior sometimes causes the species to be mistaken by laypersons for a baby cobra.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Buff striped keelbacks are carnivorous snakes. They mainly feed on small amphibians such as frogs and toads, and may also consume fish, earthworms, and geckos.

Mating Habits

REPRODUCTION SEASON
April-Spetember
INDEPENDENT AGE
at birth
FEMALE NAME
female
MALE NAME
male
BABY NAME
snakelet
BABY CARRYING
5-10 eggs

Buff striped keelbacks are oviparous (egg-laying) and breed during the aestivation period. Gravid females have been found from April to August and eggs are laid in underground holes from May to September. Females lay a clutch of 5 to 10 pure white eggs and remain with their clutch till the eggs hatch. The young snakes are 13 to 17 cm at birth and are able to hunt small frogs, tadpoles, fish, earthworms, and insects.

Population

Population threats

Buff striped keelbacks are common throughout their native range and don't face any major threats at present.

Population number

Presently, the Buff striped keelback is not included in the IUCN Red List and its conservation status has not been evaluated.

References

1. Buff Striped Keelback on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff_striped_keelback

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