Location: southern India

Time: noon
Approx. Size:
Length: around 2 feet; Size: extremely small, like a straw.
Diameter: less than 1 cm.
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Ashok's Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis ashoki).

Ashok's Bronzeback

This is a relatively small snake (typically 70 cm in length) that feeds on lizards, frogs and small rodents.

More information can be found here or here.

It's range is Southwestern India:

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You can differentiate this species from closely related D. girii based on it having a longer "postocular" black line than D. ashoki -- in D. ashoki it stops shortly caudal to the eye (e.g., see here).

  • $\begingroup$ +1 its like 100% close i would say, Only the bluish shiny thing makes me think, it might be very close family one. $\endgroup$
    – User323693
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Umar I'm glad you added the third photo showing the blue shimmer of your specimen! That gives me even more confidence that this is your species. (the blue is only visible in certain positions -- again see here. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 5:30
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    $\begingroup$ muahuhhaa i am seeing the blue stripes after you mentioned it (in the third photo) $\endgroup$
    – User323693
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 5:38
  • $\begingroup$ Dumb question: When the differences are so minor (e.g. "longer "postocular" black line") what's the reason for designating them as two different species? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 14:16
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    $\begingroup$ @curious_cat feel free to ask this in a new question. Comments aren't the best place for extended discussion of additional questions. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 14:19

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