A recent post in a forum I frequent, reminded me that I totally forgot to include one of my favorite snakes in my recent Halloween blog. Few snakes are either this cool, or unusual.
Though discovered in 1846, this unique serpent, called Xenodermus javanicus by scientists, is very rare in the pet trade, and is still quite unknown, even amongst herpetologists. There is very limited information about this snake on-line or elsewhere, and its relative ambuguity, has led to several common names, adding to its mystery. Commonly called the Dragon snake, Javan Mudsnake and Tubercle Snake, this animal, found in Southeast Asia, and belongs to its own genus, meaning that it currently has no close relatives currently accepted by science.
Boring details aside, how amazing are the scales on this snake?!? It looks like a cross between a snake and a crocodilian, making it easy to see why some commonly call it the Dragon Snake.
The albino example of the Dragon snake above, does indicate that breeding projects do exist, and may indicate that this snake will become better known as more hobbyists observe the animal in captivity.
Here’s to mother nature for continuing to keep us on our toes! I hope you enjoyed this quick introduction to yet another intriguing animal, and asure you that there is more to come!
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