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[Photo] Amazonian Green Vine Snake (Oxybelis fulgidus) in Honduras. Date 24/04/06. Author Dimitri Eggenberger.
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The Green Vine Snake
, Oxybelis fulgidus
, is a long, slender arboreal Colubrid snake
that inhabits Central America and northern South America.
is slender, about 2 cm thick, and may have a length of about 2 meters. The tail is long and very delicate, but mostly used to hold on while reaching for prey. The head is aerodynamically-shaped and very pointy, the mouth is very big and extends almost through the whole head. The tongue is long and green, when in use it is kept outside and moved up and down.
The green vine snake
stays high on trees and looks down to the ground. When a mouse, lizard or nest is found the snake
follows the prey a short distance and smells it carefully. If the snake
is content with it, it bites into the head and lifts the prey 20-40 cm from the ground. With this the snake
s prevents the prey from using its physical strength. The vine snake
has two larger teeth at the back of its mouth; these teeth permit the toxic saliva to penetrate the wounds and to immobilize the prey. Then it is rapidly swallowed. Once the prey is completely in the snake
s body, the vine snake
searches for a resting place, usually in the highest point of a tree.
Behavior in Captivity
s must be kept in large terrariums with a height of at least 2 meters and a surface of 6-16 square meters. The behavior towards humans is neutral and the snake
usually goes to the other end of the terrarium. Some adapt very well and even come nearer. Be aware that a vine snake
bite is very painfull and may immobilize a finger for months. The favorite prey for vine snake
s in captivity is colorful mice (black, gray and white). Do not feed mice that are too large. If the mouse is too big, the vine snake
will not even try to eat it but if it tries and gets hurt it may be difficult to get medical assistance for a vine snake
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