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Green Vine Snake
Characteristics - Ahaetulla prasina is commonly known as the Green Vine snake, Oriental Whip snake,
or Asian Vine snake. They range from South East Asia, to Indo-China. They live in tropical and
monsoon rainforests and like a high level of humidity. The Green Vine Snakes is arboreal and blends
in perfectly with branches and leaves but have no real problem with moving on the ground as well.
They are a thin and very agile snake. Green Vine Snakes are usually all green with a whitish stripe
running down both sides of the green belly. They appear very smooth and almost have a velvet look
to them. They are a rear-fanged snake and possess very mild venom that they deliver with enlarged
grooved teeth in the back of their jaws by chewing repeatedly. Its eyes are specially adapted for
hunting. Each eye has a black, horizontal pupil, which lines up with a groove going down the
snake's nose to give it an excellent frontal version & depth perception. Green Vine Snakes are mainly
diurnal and like to poke around during the day and sleep at night. They are live bearing and have
small litters of young that are brown in color. They are not an overly aggressive snake and will
usually inflate their throats to reveal a beautiful checkered pattern before considering a strike. They are
a very responsive and intelligent species of snake.
Requirements - The temperature should around 92 degrees on the basking side. The other side should
be significantly cooler 79-82 degrees. An enclosure at least as long as 2/3 the snakes length and width
at least 1/3 of the snakes length. Make sure to provide a hide box or shelter for the snake to hide
under, a water bowl large enough for the snake to fully submerge itself in, climbing limbs/vines, and a
suitable substrate (paper towels, newspaper, and reptile carpeting) as the snake may swallow its
substrate. The enclosure should be easy to clean and free of sharp objects. Only heat only one end of
the enclosure so the snake can get away from the heat and thermo regulate itself (or cool off). The cage
should be misted 2-3 times daily to maintain a humidity level of approximately 80%-100%. Keep light
on in the enclosure for 12 hours then turn off the light source for 12 hours, continuous light will
cause stress on the snake. Never use a heat rock, your snake will burn itself on it!
Diet - Consists of geckos, anoles, frogs, and small birds. Should be fed at least once every 7 to 10 days.
Size and Life Span - Can grow up to 6 ft long. I am unable to find information on the lifespan of a
Green Vine Snake in captivity.
Handling - You should always support the snake’s body and avoid any fast movements. Try to avoid
restraining the snake. Avoid public situations that may be stressful on the snake. A nervous snake
may occasionally bite, snakes bite for two reasons: 1) they mistake you for a food source or 2) they are
in fear for their safety.
Warning - These snakes are venomous and should be treated as any other “hot” snake would be
treated. Although there venom is not harmful to humans, it is possible to be allergic to their venom.
There is no antivenin for the green vine snake but if you are bit, you should seek medical attention.
This species is slender, agile, and fast, so do not let them get off the hook and do not take your eyes off
them for a moment; they can and will bite.
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