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An Unexpected Visit by Tropidolaemus wagleri

An Unexpected Visit by Tropidolaemus wagleri

Good news for wildlife enthusiasts, especially reptile observers!

An unexpected visit by the locally called Ular bulan (moon snake) scientifically known as Tropidolaemus Wagleri found wandering within Ecolodge. Commonly known as the Wagler’s pit viper or temple viper, Tropidolaemus Wagleri is a venomous snake found in Southeast Asia, especially in Sumatra and surrounding islands.

This snake has beautiful and quite striking colors. The color variations of this snake are yellow-white-black, greenish-yellow-white-black, or green-white with red lines. The males are slimmer compared to the females.

They inhabit lowlands around 1000 meters above sea level, usually near water. Moon snakes are arboreal animals or engage in activities above trees. They are active from night until early morning, feeding small animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

Moon snakes tend to stay still and not move much, but one should be careful when encountering this snake as they are venomous. They usually stay in the same branch for a few days. After that, they move to find prey elsewhere. It’s been a few weeks since this snake has been in Ecolodge Bukit Lawang; maybe it will move to another place when the time comes.

What to do when you encounter this snake?

 

 

In the event of an encounter, it’s crucial to remain calm. These snakes will generally try to avoid humans if given the chance. Back away slowly and do not attempt to handle or provoke the snake. They are not particularly aggressive but will defend themselves if threatened or provoked.

In summary, while Tropidolaemus wagleri should be respected due to its venomous nature, there’s no need to be overly scared as long as you exercise caution and awareness in its habitat. Understanding basic snake safety and knowing what to do in case of an encounter can help mitigate any potential risks.

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