AppearanceAdults may attain a total length of 172 cm , which includes a tail 59 cm long.
Dorsally, ''Leptophis ahaetulla'' is bright green, golden, or bronzy. The keels of the dorsal scales are black or dark brown. The head shields and the dorsal scales may be edged with black. On each side of the head is a black streak which passes through the eye. The upper lip and the belly are white or yellow. The species was thought to be non-venomous, but is mildly venomous, with localized pain, swelling and 'pins and needles' being the symptoms of envenomation. Symptoms disappear after a few hours, with no real harm being caused.
The head is elongated and distinct from the neck. The eye is large with a round pupil. The body is slender, and the tail is long.
The dorsal scales are arranged in 15 rows at midbody, and are strongly keeled except in the first row on each side , where they are smooth. They are also smooth on the neck and tail.
Ventrals 151-167, strongly angulate at the sides; anal plate divided; subcaudals 140-173, divided.
The loreal scale is absent, and the prefrontals extend through the loreal region to contact the upper labials. There are usually 2 postoculars, and the temporals are 1 + 2. There are 8-9 upper labials, of which the 4th & 5th enter the eye. The anterior chin shields are shorter than the posterior chin shields.
Naming''Leptophis ahaetulla'' has currently 12 recognized subspecies, including the nominotypical subspecies:
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla ahaetulla''
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla bocourti'' Boulenger, 1898
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla bolivianus'' Oliver, 1942
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla chocoensis'' Oliver, 1942
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla coeruleodorsus'' Oliver, 1942
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla copei'' Oliver, 1942
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla liocercus''
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla marginatus''
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla nigromarginatus'' - black-skinned parrot snake
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla occidentalis''
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla ortonii'' Cope, 1876
⤷ ''Leptophis ahaetulla praestans''
Distribution*Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama.
⤷ South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.
FoodIt feeds on lizards, frogs, and small birds.
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