Sri Lankan Flying Snake


Flying Snake is a tree species with the most colorful and unique snakes in Asia. Two snakes represent Sri Lanka, and the Flying Snake has been an endemic species to us for a long time and can be considered a snake that has increased the reptile specificity of our country. A science paper published in 2015

scientifically confirms the distribution of Flying Snake in the Indian subcontinent and has since been considered an endemic species. Before this publication, some reports suggested that the snake was reported from India. But zoologists had avoided the information for some reason. After leaving, Mr. John D Constable showed this snake’s distribution in the Indian subcontinent with examples. But until 2015, those records were ignored, and it was considered a snake endemic to Sri Lanka.

Body Type

The carcasses of these snakes with long slender bodies are covered with smooth corals. In a Flying Snake, the body is laterally flattened to facilitate the branches of trees’ movement, and the long snout is used to hang from the branches. The head, which is clearly separated from the neck, is flattened towards the horn. The surface color of the body is brown or brownish-orange, and olive-brown is also found. About 60 black cross straps are surrounded by a white or yellow border along the neck to the neck. These cross straps are sometimes zigzagged. The surface of the head is black and orange with stripes of similar color to the body. These black stripes show small orange spots. The head is black only at eye level, and the coccyx is white—abdominal light yellow.

Flying Snake
Flying Snake

The spirals that show the daytime movement use their slender body to move the limbs very fast. These animals are very active during the day and can be found in dense jungles and sparsely wooded areas and backyards and sometimes in human settlements. Lowland extends to the Arid Zone and the Intermediate Zone. Like other snakes in the genus Chrysopelea, this snake can glide from high to low in the air. To do this, they spread their ribs, flatten their bodies, and increase their abdominal area. In conclusion, This behavior pattern helps escape from one tree to another in the presence of a predator.


Sri Lankan Flying snakes are more likely to feed on small birds, lizards, and geckos. It also eats frogs/frogs and bird eggs. These snakes, which reproduce by ovulation, lay between 5-10 eggs at a time. At birth, the baby snakes 15cm long, and the adult ones are about 90cm long. Although, not a restless snake, it tries to bite the front part of its body like a coil when threatened. Opisthoglyph-like venom is present. However, It is challenging to take a bite with mechanical efficiency due to the venomous tooth’s location just behind the mouth’s upper lip. It is considered a minor venomous snake as it does not show any severe symptoms from the bites reported so far. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places. In conclusion, This snake species is classified under the Least Concern (LC) category in the IUCN Red Data Report.

Flying Snake
Flying Snake

Unusual facts about spinal cord

  • Chrysopelea being the scientifically described species at the end of the genus. (1943)
  • Ability to float a short distance floating in the air from a high place to a low place

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