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Handsome Visitor

This Checkered keelback was an unexpected visitor to our houseyard. Its normal habitat is in or near lakes and rivers, where it lives mainly on fish and frogs.

 

It is a most attractive visitor and, I believe, is not venomous. I have read reports, though, that it has a severe bite, which it will administer with significant enthusiasm if it feels threatened.

 

This visitor was about 1.5 metres long, and about the same diameter as my wrist.

 

Sharp-eyed folks will see a crude attempt at a selfie in its eye:

 

chequered keelback

Handsome Visitor

This Checkered keelback was an unexpected visitor to our houseyard. Its normal habitat is in or near lakes and rivers, where it lives mainly on fish and frogs.

 

It is a most attractive visitor and, I believe, is not venomous. I have read reports, though, that it has a severe bite, which it will administer with significant enthusiasm if it feels threatened.

 

This visitor was about 1.5 metres long, and about the same diameter as my wrist.

 

Sharp-eyed folks will see a crude attempt at a selfie in its eye:

 

chequered keelback

comments (12)

Wow - isn't he great!! Good for you to catch these shots... and good effort on the selfie! smile
Ray: Very handsome, and seems to have a fresh, shiny skin, Elizabeth.
good shots Ray... love the selfie... i guess that you never felt it's bite... yetgrin
....petersmile
Ray: I was quite close to it, Peter, but it seemed more curious than aggressive.
We are surfing on the same wave today Ray, but I wish I had your visitor in my garden, as I love snakes! Superb portrait BTW.
Ray: I liked discovering your visitor this morning, Richard.

I like snakes very much.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Mar 2015, 06:48
Oh, 1.5 metres long - and you was not shocked to see this visitor. What sort of pipe is in your houseyard?
Ray: It is more a water snake than a garden snake, Philine, so I was mildly surprised to see it in my garden...a lovely, healthy specimen. The blue PVC pipe is one I ran to provide watering points for the garden.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Mar 2015, 07:23
Lucky you - very nicely taken!
Ray: I certainly consider myself lucky to have had such a fine visitor, Chris.

I am pleased the snake was not discovered by one of the cats.
Growing up in Michigan, Ray, we kids were deathly afraid of the water moccasins in some of the lakes because they ARE venomous...supposedly North America's only poisonous water snake. So, I'm afraid I'd not be too happy to see this one anywhere, knowing it usually habitats your lakes and rivers. However, I'm pleased you were able to get a selfie with/from one!
He thinks that he is being followed Ray.
It is a handsome beast indeed Ray. I would not want to get within biting range though
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Mar 2015, 07:47
I enlarge the picture to see the selfie.
This is indeed a wonderful visitor. One time somebody told me: snakes with rounds eyes are not venomous....
Did you scare him or was he as impressed as you were?
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Mar 2015, 09:07
It makes me go all wimpish seeing anything like this. I imagine that any moment it will spring up and wrestle me to the ground and swallow me whole wink Even more of a worry will be that great blue snake.
When I could see it as a small snake I was fine. When you described the size, my adrenalin kicked in and I was ready to flee. OMG!
I'm very sorry Ray, I'm going to have to turn the open invitation to call in at your place for tea, if I even thought something like this was nearby I would run a mile!

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