A strange visitor at my home: the Boddaert's Tropical Racer.
Yes, you read it correctly. This slender looking snake paid me a visit while I was lying in my hammock on the balcony. It was found in the tree right next to the house. As it wasn't an aggressive looking snake I decided to do some photo shoot with this Boddaert's Tropical Racer (Mastigodryas boddaerti boddaerti)
First thing that was noticeable was the visible thin line that covers from head to tail of this snake. They can reach a maximum length of 150 cm. These snakes are active during the day and move often on the ground. This one was spotted trying to climb a tree, probably trying to find something to eat. Birds, lizards, insects, grasshoppers or eggs can help satisfy their hunger.
Locally this slender looking snake is called the 'Alatamansneki' and in Dutch 'Bruine gewone slang'.
It is known that the Boddaert's Tropical Racer is a non venemous snake, but it is best to be cautious all the time.
After the photoshoot this brownish and calm snake was released back into his own society.
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