Malayan Big-eyed Green Whip Snake
My first snake shots was captured on my 3rd macro photography outing on 4th April 2014 at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve 武吉知马自然保护区 at Hindhede Drive, Singapore.
The uncommon Malayan Whip Snake, also known as the Big-eyed Whip Snake, is often mis-identified as the common Oriental Whip Snake. The simplest way to differentiate the two snakes is the Malayan Whip Snake (Ahaetulla mycterizans) has eyes that are larger compared to the Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina). It also has a more slender body compared to the latter.
Malayan Whip Snake is mildly poisonous. It can be submissive, however, when in a defensive posture, the handsome patterning of this snake is published in its whip-like body. The Malayan Whip Snake reaches a maximum of 1m length while the Oriental Whip Snake can grow up to 2m.
Big-eyed Snake’s body colour is typically vivid green, but brown forms also occur. It has large eyes and yellow iris, and its head is large in comparison with the neck and upper body.
This is my first snake shots – a gift for my elder daughter Valerie who adores snakes 😀
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which is about 1.64sq km or 400 acre, is located on the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore’s highest hill standing at a height of nearly 164 metres. Naturalists treasure Bukit Timah for its variety of plants and animals; with over 840 species of flowering plants and over 500 species of fauna. Despite its small size, it is considered one of the most productive pieces of nature.