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Playing Snakes & Ladders 3rd species of Coral Snakes seen at my backyard within a month!  And this one is a much rarer species that is highly sought after by Herpers.<br />
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When I first saw this Snake, it was not moving and I didn&#039;t think of it as a Coral Snake as the top is light brown/grey with lines and spots of black. At that time, I didn&#039;t see the tail yet but when I approached closer, it was probably spooked out by my torch, it started to flips over to play dead, being it&#039;s defensive move.  As shown in the picture, the segmented markings are striking and by now, the red tail was obvious.<br />
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Still, I wasn&#039;t sure of it&#039;s ID as not familiar with this snake, and I was thinking it could be a &#039;mimic&#039; species that is harmless.  It continued to play dead, and when I try to move it with a stick to get better view of the head, it keep hiding its head and very shy.<br />
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This was another amazing close-encounter and I get to play Snakes &amp; Ladders with it :D Calliophis gracilis,Coralsnake,Grey Coralsnake,Malaysia,Penang,Snake Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Playing Snakes & Ladders

3rd species of Coral Snakes seen at my backyard within a month! And this one is a much rarer species that is highly sought after by Herpers.

When I first saw this Snake, it was not moving and I didn't think of it as a Coral Snake as the top is light brown/grey with lines and spots of black. At that time, I didn't see the tail yet but when I approached closer, it was probably spooked out by my torch, it started to flips over to play dead, being it's defensive move. As shown in the picture, the segmented markings are striking and by now, the red tail was obvious.

Still, I wasn't sure of it's ID as not familiar with this snake, and I was thinking it could be a 'mimic' species that is harmless. It continued to play dead, and when I try to move it with a stick to get better view of the head, it keep hiding its head and very shy.

This was another amazing close-encounter and I get to play Snakes & Ladders with it :D

    comments (9)

  1. What a story! It indeed seems to be little reported and you just find it in your garden? Insane. A stunning snake to see. Posted 17 days ago
    1. Sorry if you misunderstood, I mentioned 'backyard' not as in my garden, but as in the hill behind where I lives :D
      During this Pandemic period, I get to spend more time to explore just the surrounding hills nearby. :)

      Went back 2 days later with photographer friends but couldn't find it anymore. They are known to be terrestrial, but at the same time, they do burrows themselves into the soil and thus not out in the open or visible. This one did tried to burrow itself into the soil to hide, and I had to gently hold it back, hence I mentioned 'playing' with it :D
      Posted 17 days ago
      1. Got it, your extended "garden". I guess every downside (pandemic) has an upside, allowing for deep exploration of your surroundings. Your findings are amazing. Posted 17 days ago
        1. Indeed in some ways, this Pandemic has been a blessing in disguise, of sorts :D
          Many critters that I have been wanting to see before and went to Borneo to look for them without success and over the last 1 year, I found many of them at my 'backyard'.

          And more interesting, during this period, have discovered more than 10 species new to science and at least 1 could possibly be in new Genus. But unlike your discovery of the new Orchid in your recent trip, this findings will take several years before they get named.
          Posted 17 days ago
          1. Your experience shows the value of deep exploration. One can probably attend the same forest for a lifetime and keep finding new things. Posted 17 days ago
  2. Extortionary looking snake. The blue iridescent stipes against the white stipes make it for me. Posted 17 days ago
    1. Indeed, they are extraordinary! :) Posted 17 days ago
  3. That's magnificent Albert - well done! Also nie explanation of it's habit! Posted 12 days ago, modified 12 days ago
    1. NattyOne, thanks for your kind words and appreciaion :) Posted 11 days ago

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''Calliophis gracilis'', is a species of coral snake in the family Elapidae.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Jan 9, 2022. Captured Jan 6, 2022 19:07.
  • TG-6
  • f/11.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO800
  • 12.73mm