Madagascar Leaf-nosed Snake - closeup, Pyreras Reserve, Madagascar
Another in the array of Madagascar's curious reptiles. This is the female of the species, which is dull brown and has a bristle-like nose appendage. Males have a bright yellow belly and lengthier, more straight nose. This photo shows the difference quite well:
Langaha madagascariensis is a medium-sized highly cryptic arboreal species. It is endemic to Madagascar and found in deciduous dry forests and rain forests. There is considerable sexual dimorphism within the species; the males are dorsally brown and ventrally yellow with a long tapering snout while the females are mottled grey with a leaf shaped snout. Envenomation by the snake causes severe pain in humans but is not deadly.