Coelognathus radiatus. Copperheaded Racer / Radiated Rat Snake
This one was sent to me from Ron Green in Bangkok, Thailand. He caught a rat snake up in a tree. I guess you can find them almost anywhere. They are definitely one of the most common Thailand snakes you could see if you visit here.
Some of them are killed as they do so. Got contacted by a guy in Nonthaburi – they had 2 big rat snakes mating in their garden. They called the security guys for the housing complex who insisted these rat snakes were closely related to the cobras – and called Coconut snakes. What the hell?
They killed them both. You see how BIG that one is? 3+ meters… a fine specimen!
Snakes are mating during these months. Some of them are anyway. I think the king cobras and now I know the rat snakes are too. Probably whatever snakes aren’t hiding away from the cold. Today I had a look in a park in the northeast – all over the park – ponds everywhere, great little trees by the ponds – nothing. No snakes.
I’m giving up until I get back south. The northeast is just way too cold at the moment for snakes.