Newsletter
Coelognathus radiatus Boie 1827
by Mr. Kaviarasu Munian & Mr. Mohammad Shahfiz Azman
Newsletter
Coelognathus radiatus Boie 1827
by Mr. Kaviarasu Munian & Mr. Mohammad Shahfiz Azman

The Copperhead Racer is one of the many common snakes that are found in the forests, rural areas, and paddy fields. It is distinguished from other Malayan racer snakes by its copper-colored head lined with three streaks. Its body is grayish or yellowish-brown with distinct four black stripes at the anterior part of the body. It is a diurnal reptile which hunts actively for birds, lizards and other smaller snakes during daytime. The snake can grow to 230 cm long and produces several clutches of about 5−12 eggs annually with hatchlings measuring 25−30 cm long.

The Copperhead Racer goes into defense when vaguely threatened. It straightens its neck, inflates its throat and vigorously strikes to defend itself. The adult snake has the capability to extend its body to a considerable striking range. However, like other snakes, the Racer is likely to flee rather than fight. When fleeing or fighting are futile, the snake may either play dead or writhe, roll over and partially open its mouth to extend its tongue.

QR Code
Scan QR code for mobile experience

Other articles

Embelia pergamacea A.DC.

Ms. Nur Liyana Hazwani Shahdani   •   16 May 2022   •   194 views

Maxomys rajah Thomas, 1894

Ms. Nor Hazwani Binti Ahmad Ruzman   •   29 Apr 2022   •   293 views

Trimeresurus nebularis Vogel, David & Pauwels, 2004

Mrs. Nur Hazwanie Binti Abd Halim   •   15 Apr 2022   •   602 views

Ceriops decandra (Griff.) W.Theob (Rhizophoraceae)

Ms. Munira Mohd Sazali   •   31 Mar 2022   •   635 views

Amyda cartilaginea Boddaert, 1770

Ng Chiao Ying   •   15 Mar 2022   •   640 views
Get updates and an exclusive news when you sign up to our free newsletter.
Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS)   by   Malaysia Biodiversity Centre (MBC)


Copyright © 2022, Malaysia Biodiversity Centre (MBC), Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA). All rights reserved. DISCLAIMER - The Malaysian Government, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA), Malaysia Biodiversity Centre (MBC) and Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by the usage of any information obtained from this website. By entering this site, you acknowledge and agree that no portion of this site, including but not limited to names, logos, trademarks, patents, sound, graphics, charts, text, audio, video, information or images are either MyBIS property or the property permitted by third-party and shall not be used without prior written approval from the owner(s).
Best viewed using latest Mozila Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 with Resolution 1024 x 768px or above. Version 2.0 / 2016
Website Citation: MyBIS (2022). Malaysia Biodiversity Information System. Published on the Internet https://www.mybis.gov.my/, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Malaysia Biodiversity Centre & Forest Research Institute Malaysia. [Retrieved 26 May 2022].