Golden Tree Snakes (Chrysopelea ornata ornatissima) are everywhere these days. Yesterday we were driving up a road outside the city when my wife saw what she described as either a Malayan Blue Krait, or possibly a Bridle or Wolf snake… when we saw a little – 30cm maybe, Golden Tree Snake trying to get across the road with about 10 cars going both directions. I stopped and almost jumped out to grab him when I noticed a very large dump truck coming down the hill. It arrived in 5 seconds – dashing my hopes to grab the little sucker.
It DID make it across the street, though it only has 8 lives left for sure.
Just 10 minutes ago I noticed a reptile egg outside on the ground in the back among the leaves. I am holding the baby, but decided to go have a look. I stepped out into the back and bam – small Golden Tree Snake on my left – about 20 cm and moving away. Someone put an old metal door in front of my entranceway and I had to move that first – scaring the snake into moving faster away. It jumped (they can REALLY jump) about a meter into the leaves and junk and I quickly followed, baby hanging off one arm and me kneeling in the leaves and trash trying desperately to follow it.
I saw it a couple of times – and was sure I was going to get it about 3 times. I missed everytime.
I’ll go back out now and root through the leaves with my snake hook. Maybe there are more eggs that haven’t hatched yet. The egg I saw was just barely cracked – but the ants had already eaten whatever was inside.
Snakes all over the place in the South of Thailand – but, just the tree snakes, and I saw a radiated rat snake the other day too.
Here’s a photo – not the Golden Tree Snake, but, can anyone tell me what it is?