Dendrelaphis calligaster

Dendrelaphis calligaster

Dendrelaphis calligaster

(Northern Tree Snake)

FAMILY

Colubridae

Species

Dendrelaphis calligaster

Common name

Northern Tree Snake

Main colour

Olive-green to brown with darker bands

Body size

To 1.2 m long

Location

Cairns

Description

This slender agile snake with a whip like tail is usually found in dense vegetation, particularly in rainforest where it preys on frogs and birds as well as other small reptiles and mammals. The olive-green to brown body has darker bands and a dark streak extends from the snout back through the eye. The belly and some of the lateral scales are cream to yellow.