Emerald Palm Snake
The Emerald Palm Snake is also a champion of being one with its surroundings.
We found this tree snake while it was climbing its way up a branch. It was probably looking for a quick bite in the afternoon. Emerald Palm Snakes most likely look for small birds and their young, small mammals, tree frogs, bats or lizards.
The Emerald Palm Snake feels at home on different levels; whether on the ground or a couple of meters up in a tree, it doesn't quite matter. Thanks to its 'green like a young leaf' color, these snakes can pass by without being noticed.
The Emerald Palm Snake (Philodryas viridissimus) can reach a maximum length of 150 cm. They are slender looking snakes that like to pass by gracefully without being noticed.
One noticeable remark about the Emerald Palm Snake is its blue tongue, whenever visible of course. It may be possible that they use their blue tongue as a sort of bait to lure their potential prey.
Here you can see that it can blend perfectly well with its surroundings. I had to look twice at this picture to notice where it was hiding.
Emerald Palm Snakes are light venemous. In general they are slow moving and calm snakes, but whenever they feel pressured they will defend themselves as they only like to use their venom to catch prey.
In Suriname the Emerald Palm Snake is confused or seen for the quite venemous type, the Bothriopsis bilineata bilineata also known as the Tree Fer-de-Lance or the Amazonian Palm Viper.
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