Species in Focus – Green Vine Snake

I am walking through the verdant forests of Agumbe. Bird calls filter through the trees as mist rises from the ground. the distinctive chill of the rainforest hits me as earthy odours waft into my nose. Frogs bounce of the tracks while a million insects begin their chorus. I am in one of the most biodiverse places on earth

I am surrounded by umpteen number of plants, some a few inches, others more than a 100 feet. And along these plants is draped a light green thin snake with a pointed nose and horizontal pupil.

The Green Vine Snake

This snake is very easy to observe. They are relatively plentiful, and tolerate human presence much better than other snakes. I’ve spent numerous hours just watching their antics. There is something magical about them, making them one of my favourite animals to work with.

Posts on the Green Vine Snake

I’ve already written about my journey with this snake, and therefore I won’t go into too much detail here. Instead, I will let you immerse yourself in its beauty. Here are my selection of images after several years of photographing this delicately beautiful serpent.

Green vine snake hidden behind the leaves. Shot in Agumbe, Karnataka, India by Ishan Shanavas
Hidden behind the leaves

Over the years, I’ve come across vine snakes that can fit in the palm of my hand and I’ve seen individuals that are taller than me. And I’m over 6 feet, so that’s saying something.

When threatened, vine snakes inflate their bodies, showing their black-and-white inter-scale colouration. This is a distress signal, and many photographers disturb the snake to provoke such a reaction. That is so necessary. I have seen it many times but haven’t photographed it as of yet. If I do, I will be very respectful of the snake’s boundaries. Enjoy these pictures for now!

Baby Green Vine Snake

From these pictures, you might be under the impression that these snakes are easy to spot. But that is far from the truth. Make no mistake—vine snakes are MASTERS of camouflage.

Don’t believe me? Try spotting the snake in the picture below!

Spot the Vine Snake

Fact File

Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta)

  • Length: 200-2000 mm
  • Found in Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  • Bears live young.

Published by Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult, interested in nature, photography, art and culture. An aspiring polymath, I share my learnings through my blog. I also include insights from my favourite books.

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