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White-lipped keelback snake amongst new Vietnamese species

This white-lipped keelback snake is one of the new species recently described from Vietnam's "Green Corridor".

Although this news was announced yesterday at WLMD, this National Geographic article contains a small gallery of some of the new species including the almost-black Aspidistra nicolai flower (no common name), a butterfly and orchids.

Full article at National Geographic

Photo of White-lipped keelback snake from the source article.

White-lipped keelback snake

Posted by: admin on 26th Sep 2007 07:40 PM
Updated by: admin on 26th Sep 2007 07:40 PM
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Posted on: 2007-09-27 04:29:28   By: Anonymous
Hey thanks Chris! better to see the photos than just read


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    Posted on: 2008-05-02 11:03:51   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2008-05-26 01:34:47   By: Anonymous
I no it is called a whit-lippd keelback snake bacause it has a white lip and all but other than that why else would you call it that. And where in Australia dose this amazing animal come from. Thank you From Lucy Ward

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    Posted on: 2008-05-26 03:38:20   By: Anonymous
    An interesting question! And not an easy one to answer from the web.

    My Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Australian wildlife has this to say about the Australian keelback - "Sometimes known as the freshwater snake, the keelback is about a metre long with keeled (ridged) scales."

    I guess it has ridged scales on its back.

    The Australian keelback is not to be confused with the Asian keelback however - which is the subject of the recent new species discovery. That said, the Australian keelback (according to the same book) "occurs in coastal areas and adjacent parts from the Kimberly in Western Australia to northern New South Wales. It is found in damp areas near billabongs, rivers and swamps, where it hunts both by day and night, feeding on lizards and frogs. It even eats the young of the poisonous cane toad, with no adverse effects, and is also known to remove the squashed bodies of frogs from roads. The keelback is solid-toothed and harmless. In spring and summer it deposits 5 - 15 eggs beneath rocks, logs and under rotting leaf litter."


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