Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

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Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:00 pm

It was a holiday of some years ago, but I want to share anyway these pictures. Havelock Island was a real (snake) paradise, and even if our guide in Port Blair pointed out with certainty that no venomous snakes lived on that island, the andaman bungar was one of the commonest findings during night time, and even king cobras were not so rare on Havelock...

The first bungar we saw was a young animal and I initially reassured my herp-friends thinking it was a harmless Cantoria violacea: fortunately I changed my mind before my friends touched that highly venomous little snake!

Bungars came out during night, especially if it was raining: they fed on living and dead frogs they found on the country roads.
Most of the animals were small snakes well under one meter in lenght, but we saw also a very big adult specimen, of which I've personally taken no picture.

The first pictures are of a rather big snake, found night time right outside our hotel.
The snakes feeding on frogs (or regurgitating them?) were all younger animals, met during night rainfalls.

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Bungarus andamanensis

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Same specimen

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Same specimen

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Another specimen

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Bungarus feeding (or maybe regurgitating?)

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Same event

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Same event

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Detail

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Another picture

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The tiny "harmless" snake is seemingly happy with its frog!

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This awful picture to give an idea of the dimensions of a small specimen
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:12 pm

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Beach


I would warmly recommend the Andamans to all herpetogists interest in finding big amounts of snakes! I clearly hope the situation will remain the same I've experienced and appreciated so much years ago.

Species I've seen were:

Bungarus andamanensis (many specimens, always during night)
Trimeresurus andersoni (common, even in hotel's garden)
Boiga andamanensis (1 specimen seen and photographed)
Ptyas mucosa (1 big specimen - only seen)
Ophiophagus hannah (1 specimen - only seen)
Xenochrophis melanzostus (very common: many specimens every day and every night!)
Dendrelaphis cyanochloris (very common during daytime)
Lycodon sp. (maybe capucinus?) (common)
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:23 pm

Interesting!
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:28 pm

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Interesting!



Thanks! :D

And this should be, in our guide's opinion, the only snake that lives on the island... :lol:

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Dendrelaphis cyanochloris: a really beautiful colored and elegant arboreal snake
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:45 pm

Oops... forgot to mention the many Lycodon sp. we have found!

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Lycodon sp. feeding on frog during night

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Lycodon sp.
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:50 pm

Trimeresurus are always very easy to be photographed: this specimen was a few meters away from my hotel bungalow.

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Trimeresurus andersoni
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:55 pm

The beautifully orange colored Boiga andamanensis

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Boiga andamanensis

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Same specimen
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:23 pm

Some more pictures

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Trimeresurus near a small gecko

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Same animal: almost every night in the same place!

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Same animal, clearly "in situ"

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Nearer

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Xenochrophis melanzostus: a very mordacious natricine snake

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...as you can see with this specimen

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Actually a totally harmless bite
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:37 pm

Xenochrophis were almost everywhere

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Xenochrophis melanzostus near the restaurant of the lodge

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Can you see it?

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For sure!

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Detail

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Daytime, while we were eating at the restaurant of the lodge

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Some rare specimens are less prone to bite
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Re: Bungarus andamanensis feeding on frogs

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:40 pm

Habitat where we spotted for a few seconds an about two meters long Ophiophagus hannah with reddish neck region
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Mangrove king cobra habitat
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