Painted Mock Viper - Psammodynastes pictus
Psammodynastes pictus (Colubridae) is a small, slender and elusive snake, measuring no more than 50 cm in length, distributed from Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia to Borneo and Sumatra.
Species of the Psammodynastes genus are called ‘mock vipers’ or ‘false vipers’ on account of some superficial similarity with true vipers (Family Viperidae), such as the shape of the head. The Painted Mock Viper, however, is a largely docile back-fanged Colubrid, and its venom is considered harmless to humans.
Photo credit: ©M.A. Muin Md. Akil | Locality: Malaysia (2010)