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India's best wall-climbing snake is also its cutest
Sachin Mamgai - Friday, Jan 30, 2015

India's wall-climbing extreme athlete is also its cutest snake: The wolf snake, Lycodon aulicus.



These snakes are quite aggressive and quick to bite, but they are non-venomous and their bite is just a prick -- which I know because I've been bitten many times. In fact, most of my friends think the wolf snake is "cute" when he bites!

The common wolf snake is brown with white stripes on the back and beautiful irregular stripes on the sides. Some common wolf snakes are also black in colour and have yellow stripes instead of black, and their length varies from 50-80 cms. Many rescuers would agree with me that these snakes are quite restless, almost like a toddler running around,curious to find new and interesting things. In fact, their childlike nature is, to me, their most endearing quality!



I recently rescued a common wolf snake from one of my collegue's property. When I received the distress call, I guessed that the snake might be on the ground and it might be a rat snake or a cobra.

Upon reaching his property, I was told the snake was on the second floor and that it had recently eaten a gecko. I was sure it was a wolf snake. I reached the second floor and I peeked over the wall and saw the wolf snake coiled in a corner. I caged the snake and left it near a river bank in about 15 minutes.

It was a learning experience on the whole as unlike my previous experiences the snake didn’t attack much as it had ingested a good sized wall lizard. These non-venomous climbers are good predators and survivors, and to me, they are always beautiful and “cute” as well.


Hatchet-faced treefrogs are just right
Richard Bartlett - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

The calls of the various anurans were almost deafening as we maneuvered the motor canoe in and out of the beds of floating water lettuce and hyacinths. Pings, squeaks, grunts, groans, beeps, and clicks of various pitches and intensities intermingle and require stopping and listening intently to sort out. Most of the callers were hylids (treefrog family) but occasionally a few leptodactylids (tropical frogs) would also call.

Pygmy hatchet-faced treefrog, Sphaenorhynchus carneus. "Baby Bear"


Three of the frog species we were searching for were prominent in this chorus. They were the the 3 taxa of hatchet-faces, treefrogs of the genus Sphaenorhynchus. Although a rather silly analogy, I have come over the years to think of the 3 as the "3 bears" with Baby Bear being the 1" long S. carneus, Mama Bear being the slender 1 1/2" long S. dorisae, and Papa Bear being the robust 1 3/4" long S. lacteus.

Despite being hylids, these 3 frogs are predominantly aquatic and large numbers of each may be found amidst the islands of aquatic vegetation (especially water lettuce) throughout the year. Besides the size difference, these 3 also differ in call and in appearance. The tiny S. carneus produces a series of rapidly repeated clicks and has reddish dorsolateral stripes. S. dorisae has a rounded snout and lacks striping and produces a series of pinging notes. And S. lacteus has a sharply pointed nose, white canthal (snout) stripes, and its call is a single cluck.

Renewing our acquaintance with these 3 taxa and their fellow songsters is always one of the most enjoyable aspects of our Amazonian tours. And of course there always the chance of seeing a black caiman as well.

This is herping at its neotropical best.


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  - Building ponds for a herp greenhouse part 2
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Richard Bartlett (left) Photo by Jake Scott; used with permission.Richard D. Bartlett
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One of the most prolific writers and photographers on herpetological subjects in the 20th century, Richard spent over four decades documenting reptiles in the field and captivity and authored hundreds of herp titles.

  - Hatchetfaced treefrogs are just right
  - Fun as a barrel of barred monkey frogs
  - Nothing comes between a man and his bush viper
  - Our house survived a spurred tortoise
  - Nose to nose with an alligator in the night
  - Floridas seven wonderful water snakes
  - More...

Tony Jones (left)Tony Jones
Featured Contributor
Tony Jones is a UK based writer and herp professional with field experience ranging from Madagascar, New Zealand, Hungary, The Canaries, West Africa, Mauritius, Round Island, Saharan Africa and America.

  - Courier no longer ships reptiles in UK
  - Challenges ahead for the UK reptile hobby
  - More...

Sachin Mamgai (left)Sachin Mamgai
Featured Contributor
A reptile hobbyist and rescuer living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sachin began rescuing India's snakes and amphibians when he was 15 and is part of the new generation of reptile hobbyists in India.

  - Indias best wallclimbing snake is also its cutest
  - Winter doesnt make a difference in Malabar pit viper si...
  - New year new viper rescue
  - Snake rescue Indian style
  - More...

Leiren McKenzie (left)Leiren McKenzie
Featured Contributor
At home in the forests and swamps of the southeastern United States, Leiren spends most of her free time looking for herps, when she's not breeding axolotls, salamanders, and other reptiles and amphibians.

  - A gray rat snake by any other name
  - The superhero salamander who never grows up
  - Stranded softshell gets help
  - A basking buzz tale
  - Ole Velvet Tail A midsummers meeting with a canebrake r...
  - Floridas mild weather makes it snake country in three c...
  - More...

Cindy Steinle (left)Cindy Steinle
Featured Contributor
A volunteer with several organizations including her own herp rescue, Cindy works with a number of local shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide rescue services for her community.

  - The problem with heroes in a halfshell
  - Eaten Alive creates problems for reptile rescuers
  - Is LAs albino cobra domesticated
  - In Memoriam Carl Koch
  - Turtle wrap increased nesting for loggerheads net probl...
  - Whats good for the cat is good for the reptile Lessons ...
  - More...



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kingsnake.com has been blogging about reptile and amphibian news since 2006! Check out these reptile and amphibian news articles from our blog archives you may have missed!


  - Girl pushes for bill to name Idaho state amphibian
  - Vietnam home to new tree frog species
  - Canadian boy finds 300 million year old fossil
  - UK man finds snake in his shopping bag
  - Excessive rainfall harms tropical leaf litter frogs
  - Are venomous sea snakes overharvested
  - Cambodia home to new legless amphibian
  - Scientists develop more powerful antivenoms
  - Newly discovered frog species gives birth to live tadpo...
  - Radiated tortoises seized in Paris airport
  - Crocodiles and alligators live together in the Keys
  - Australia home to miniature Komodo dragon
  - Snake IDd as a rainbow boa wriggles out of San Diego to...
  - Georgian nonprofit wants to become conservation leader
  - Detroit Zoo helps rescued lizards
  - Pit viper discovery in Sumatra
  - Conservationists rescue turtles from California drought
  - Mangroves oil spill destroying herps other wildlife
  - Backsidebreathing turtle is critically endangered
  - Taliban attacks in Pakistan threaten crocodiles
  - Chinese giant salamander finds new home in UK
  - Eaglefaced dinosaur takes record as North Americas olde...
  - Over 40 percent of amphibians in danger of extinction
  - Recently discovered frog needs conservation effort
  - Canadian court to determine fate of Blandings turtles
  - Lower Keys crocs reclaiming traditional territory
  - Galapagos tortoises have astonishing recovery
  - Smithsonian exhibit features school bus sized snake
  - Sea turtles rescued from the cold
  - Fog is key ingredient to understanding iguana breathing
  - The incredible disappearing terrapin
  - Baby turtles given a helping hand
  - Tortoise taggers at Yuma Proving Grounds
  - Turtles more closely related to birds than snakes lizar...
  - Kids have play date with a python
  - Look for lizards crossing the road
  - Tortoise ribs evolved into shells
  - Why do snakes have two penises
  - New fossil identifies largest known venomous snake
  - Croc killed by trappers receives special send off
  - DNA may take guess work out of diagnosing snake bites
  - What a difference a croak makes
  - Bearded dragon rescued from fire
  - Discovery Channels new snake show makes us embarrassed ...
  - One hundred years of incalculable loss
  - Egyptian sarcophagus fit for a snake
  - 12 year old newt lover to present studies in Edinburgh
  - Sea turtles are having a great year
  - Whos your daddy
  - CSI Madagascar
  - Invasive toads hit the ground running
  - Life sentence for doggrabbing crocs
  - Some snakes have extraordinary bites
  - Economy transforms lizard populations
  - Lizard see lizard do
  - Herp community shows its generosity and compassion at N...
  - Dragonseye view
  - Rare frogs fly back to Caribbean home
  - Early man worshipped pythons
  - Climate change brings unusual turtle to Golden Gate
  - Zoo breeds rare lizards to aid species
  - Stunning crocodile closeups
  - Family home overrun with copperheads
  - Pet frog rescued from fire by Fort Worth Tex firefighte...
  - Last Pinta Island tortoise preserved forever
  - Meet Cassius the worlds largest captive croc
  - Bridging the divide between herps and humans
  - Explanation for ball python disease found
  - Conservation group works with locals to save endangered...
  - Deadly fungus spreading to snakes
  - Unusual mutation found in wild snake
  - Snake milker faces danger to help others
  - Indian snakecatcher aims to educate
  - Arizona desperate for tortoise adopters
  - Killing crocs not the solution to attacks
  - Roads cause roadblocks for snakes
  - Beware of decapitated snakes
  - Endangered tortoises to be sterilized
  - Endangered turtles protected by Nicaraguan army
  - Scottish conservationists have an interesting nightlife
  - Discovered and endangered
  - In space no one can hear you squeak
  - Understanding evolution of snake venom is key to treatm...
  - Granny saves bearded dragon with CPR
  - Slash from Guns N Roses on turtle conservation
  - Coast Guard rescues trapped leatherback
  - Florida home infested with snakes
  - Herptologist calls for Indian antivenom pool
  - Worlds 10000th reptile species identified
  - Snapping turtles invade Japan
  - Stolen python a passenger in car crash
  - Tortoise has a runin with the law
  - Turn your garden into a snake sanctuary
  - Python gets a checkup
  - Russia regains control of gecko sex satellite
  - Dont fight snakes with snakes say wildlife experts
  - Researchers turn up the heat on the chytrid fungus
  - Look what the stork brought to the London Zoo
  - Alligator on the lam in Wisconsin
  - How climate change impacts reptiles in the wild and wh...
  - Cop shoots tortoise claims it attacked
  - Herpers strike back against media hype about snake
  - Why life is hell for the hellbender
  - Chemical found in water is feminizing male turtles
  - Troubled times for one of the worlds rarest lizards
  - Snakebite survival may depend on solving venom mysterie...
  - Save a turtle and you may save yourself
  - Alligators crunch bones for science
  - Man bites deadly snake
  - After 80 years lost snake species rediscovered
  - Juvenile sea turtles returned to the wild in Florida
  - Newlyidentified dancing frogs already threatened
  - Robosnake slithers into your heart
  - Glass frogs are deadbeat dads
  - The crocodiles and hippos had a party
  - Readin writin and Naja oxiana
  - Ancient snapping turtle wont end up as soup
  - Who is poaching the worlds deadliest snakes
  - Snake in the flowers dead or alive
  - Firefighter saves pet python from burning house
  - Herp News Roundup Reptiles not welcome at new 49ers sta...
  - Columbian boy discovers new frog species in swimming po...
  - Did you hear the one about the man who builds snake rob...
  - Evidence of 25 million year old venomous snake found in...
  - Sea snakes chronically dehydrated because they cant dri...
  - Theyre not making gigantic prehistoric lizards as big a...
  - Veterinarian helps sea turtles blinded by tumors
  - Rare frog discovered in Eastern Tanzania
  - Tyrannosaurus rexs teeny tiny relative
  - Can the tinker frog be saved from chytrid
  - First responders learn how to handle reptiles on the sc...
  - East Texas Herp Society helps longtime member in fight ...
  - Herpetologist Robert C Stebbins passes away at 98
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  - Girl pushes for bill to name Idaho state amphibian
  - Vietnam home to new tree frog species
  - Canadian boy finds 300 million year old fossil
  - UK man finds snake in his shopping bag
  - Excessive rainfall harms tropical leaf litter frogs
  - Are venomous sea snakes overharvested
  - Cambodia home to new legless amphibian
  - Scientists develop more powerful antivenoms
  - Newly discovered frog species gives birth to live tadpo...
  - Radiated tortoises seized in Paris airport
  - Crocodiles and alligators live together in the Keys
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Jeff Barringer(left) Photo by Gary Miller; used with permission.Jeff Barringer
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Founder of kingsnake.com, Jeff is a veteran breeder and field hobbyist with almost three decades of experience roaming the thorn-scrub of Texas is search of reptiles and amphibians.
  - Texas herp legend Dr James Dixon passes away
  - Building your own tortoise tractor
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  - Building ponds for a herp greenhouse part 4
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Richard Bartlett (left) Photo by Jake Scott; used with permission.Richard D. Bartlett
Featured Contributor
One of the most prolific writers and photographers on herpetological subjects in the 20th century, Richard spent over four decades documenting reptiles in the field and captivity.
  - Hatchetfaced treefrogs are just right
  - Fun as a barrel of barred monkey frogs
  - Nothing comes between a man and his bush viper
  - Our house survived a spurred tortoise
  - Nose to nose with an alligator in the night
  - Floridas seven wonderful water snakes
  - More...

Tony Jones (left)Tony Jones
Featured Contributor
Tony Jones is a UK based writer and herp professional with field experience ranging from Madagascar, New Zealand, Hungary, The Canaries, Mauritius, Round Island, Africa, and America. .
  - Courier no longer ships reptiles in UK
  - Challenges ahead for the UK reptile hobby
  - More...

Sachin Mamgai (left)Sachin Mamgai
Featured Contributor
A reptile hobbyist and rescuer living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sachin began rescuing India's snakes and amphibians when he was 15 and is part of the new generation of reptile hobbyists in India.
  - Indias best wallclimbing snake is also its cutest
  - Winter doesnt make a difference in Malabar pit viper si...
  - New year new viper rescue
  - Snake rescue Indian style
  - More...

Leiren McKenzie (left)Leiren McKenzie
Featured Contributor
At home in the forests and swamps of the southeastern United States, Leiren spends most of her free time looking for herps, when she's not breeding axolotls and other salamanders.
  - A gray rat snake by any other name
  - The superhero salamander who never grows up
  - Stranded softshell gets help
  - A basking buzz tale
  - Ole Velvet Tail A midsummers meeting with a canebrake r...
  - Floridas mild weather makes it snake country in three c...
  - More...

Cindy Steinle (left)Cindy Steinle
Featured Contributor
A volunteer with several organizations including her own herp rescue, Cindy works with a number of local shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide rescue services for her community.
  - The problem with heroes in a halfshell
  - Eaten Alive creates problems for reptile rescuers
  - Is LAs albino cobra domesticated
  - In Memoriam Carl Koch
  - Turtle wrap increased nesting for loggerheads net probl...
  - Whats good for the cat is good for the reptile Lessons ...
  - More...

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  - More than 1000 dead sea turtles seized in Vietnam
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