Green vine snake (Oxybelis fulgidus) Facts

Green vine snake (Oxybelis fulgidus) Facts
Green vine snake (Latin name Oxybelis fulgidus), is a snake that belongs to the colubrid family. This snake originates from Central and South America, where it is widely distributed. Ahaetulla nasuta is a snake with the same name - green vine snake - but it belongs to other genus and differs from American species in color, behavior and type of habitat where it can be found. Green vine snake inhabits tropical rainforests and lives among dense branches of the trees. This snake is widely distributed and abundant in its native habitat. It is not on the list of endangered animals.
Interesting Green vine snake (Oxybelis fulgidus) Facts:
Green vine snake can reach 59 to 79 inches in length. Body has only 0.79 inches in diameter.
Green vine snake is bright green on the upper part of the body and yellowish green on the bottom part.
Green vine snake has pointed head with large mouth and long green tongue. It has golden eyes and round pupils.
Green vine snake has two large teeth in the back side of the mouth. Venom is not released instantly. Snake needs to chew the victim to induce release of the venom.
Green vine snake has keeled scales on dorsal side of the body. Scales are divided in 17 rows.
Green vine snake is diurnal animal (active during the day).
Green vine snakes are arboreal animals (spend their life in the trees).
Green vine snake is mildly venomous. Bite of green venom snake is not fatal for humans. It usually induces slight numbness or tingling sensation, but it may occasionally trigger severe allergic reaction.
In most species of snakes, eyes work separately one from another. Eyes of green vine snake work together, focusing on the same image. This type of vision is called binocular and it is typical for humans. Using binocular vision, snake can identify prey easily.
Green vine snake is a carnivore (meat eater). Its diet includes frogs, lizards and small birds. Some green vine snakes are specialized for hummingbirds and they use element of surprise to catch them while they drink nectar from the flowers.
Green vine snake moves slowly and relies on the camouflage when it hunts the prey. Elongated thin, green body looks like a vine, while pointed head resembles leaves.
Green vine snakes use prehensile tail to hold for the branches while they hunt the prey.
Scientists don't have too much information about reproduction of green vine snake. Known fact is that female lays eggs (usually 6 to 10 eggs) that hatch after incubation period of around 100 days.
Green vine snakes are popular as pets. They require large terrarium which offers a lot of place for movement and proper diet (lizards mostly).
Green vine snake can survive from 9 to 15 years in the captivity.

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