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Vine Snake (Oxybelis fulgidus)



Vine Snake (Oxybelis fulgidus)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae

The slender vine snake measures 5 to 6 1/2 inches in length and 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Its head is the same width as its body. It has sharp rear fangs. The vine snake is green-brown in color.



I. DESCRIPTION:
  • The slender vine snake measures 5 to 6 1/2 inches in length and 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
  • Its head is the same width as its body.
  • It has sharp rear fangs.
  • The vine snake is green-brown in color.
II. GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
  • Vine snakes inhabit Central America and northern South America.
III. DIET:
  • The vine snake feeds mainly on baby birds and lizards.
IV. LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
  • Vine snakes are arboreal, and are active during the day and night.
  • The vine snake is a slow-moving predator and mildly venomous. The snake captures prey by crawling into nests and seizing young; it then constricts prey and poisons it with its venom.
V. SPECIAL NOTES/ADAPTATIONS:
  • Within the branches of trees, the vine snake is almost indistinguishable from foliage and vines.
  • When threatened, the vine snake puffs up the front of its body and releases coloration under its scales; for camouflage, it swings from side to side like branch of a tree.
VI. POPULATION STATUS:
  • The vine snake is not a threatened species.
VII. MORE VINE SNAKE FACTS:
  • The vine snake is barely the thickness of a man's finger.
  • The vine snake is so light it can extend half of its body into midair when crossing from branch to branch.



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