Banded Malayan Coral Snake, also known as Calliophis Intestinalis, are rather brightly coloured with red or bright orange dorsal stripes along their brown or black bodies. They are generally rather small in size, ranging from 40 to 60 cm in total length. They are highly venomous so avoid approaching them at all costs!
This brilliantly coloured snake has a powerful neurotoxic venom which targets the nervous system and should always be approached with caution (also, they can bite with little indication from their physical posturing). They are normally inoffensive but when provoked, will flatten their body, turn rigid and turn over to reveal their patterned black and white underside.
Unfortunately for those terrified of such reptiles, these snakes are indeed native to Singapore and can be found in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Kent Ridge Park, Nee Soon Swamp Forest, Upper Seletar Reservoir Park and Pulau Tekong.
While these snakes are highly venomous, we should still regard them as a part of nature and the beauty it presents and appreciate them from a distance. Instead of living in fear of them, we need to learn to coexist with them and respect their territory 🙂
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Good choice of photos showing both the upper side and underside. Good advice to appreciate them from a distance – most snakes will not attack unless they feel threatened.
Another interesting fact about this species is that it eats other small snakes!