Description:

The Yellow-lipped Water Snake or Gerard's Water Snake is one of the crab-eating water snake found in Singapore. It specializes in eating newly moulted (soft-shelled) crabs! Watch how it dismembered a newly moulted crab in Sophisticated Serpents Chapter in BBC's Life in Cold Blood! The footage was part of a story of crab-eating water snake filmed in Singapore!

Its head is rounded, slightly distinct from body. Body is cylindrical, grey above, pale brown below with a blackish stripe along the middle. Upper lips is yellow, extending to a stripe along side of body. Scales are smooth.

Habitat:

Nocturnal, semi-aquatic, ovo-vivparous and feeds on newly-moulted crabs. Mildly venomous. It occurs in mangroves. In Singapore, it is known from estuarine areas along the northern coast, including Sungei Buloh and Pasir Ris.

Size:

TL up to 53cm.

Status:

Widespread but rare.

Distribution:

Distributed along the coast of India east to the Malacca Straits.

References:

Wild Animals of Singapore - Nick Baker | Kelvin Lim

 

 

Fauna > Snakes

Yellow-lipped Water Snake

Gerarda prevostiana


Gerard's Water Snake

Gerard's Water Snake

Close-up of its head.


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