The forest is home to many different and unique animal species. Now and then, we introduce you to one of the many fascinating individuals sharing their habitat with the Bornean orangutan. Some tread the ground, others circle the sky or live in waterways.
The beauty and distinct characteristics of many fauna and flora species in the forest are often part of a defence mechanism that protects them from the threat of predators or part of their ability to hunt prey. The oriental whip snake (Ahaetulla prasina) is one such creature.
Distinguished by its arrow-like pointed head, the oriental whip snake’s bright green colour helps it to camouflage in the leafy forest canopy and bushes. It is also easily identified by its long, slender body. While its venom is not very powerful and has little to no effect on humans, it is sufficient enough to weaken small prey.
We can find the oriental whip snake throughout Indonesia, where it is active in the trees during the day. It prefers lowland primary and secondary forests, plantation areas, and bushes. It feeds on small animals like frogs, birds, rodents and other snakes.
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