Species group: Vine Snakes
Other common names: Long-nosed Whip Snake; Long-nosed Tree Snake; Asian Vine Snake
Scientific name: Ahetulla nasuta
The Asian Vine Snake is a slender arboreal snake which is native to humid rainforests throughout Southeast Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia. Like other vine snakes, Ahetulla nasuta is mildly venomous and normally feeds on frogs, lizards and small birds.
low level venom, slightly venomous snake, Vine Snake bites
tall vertical cage
Asian Vine Snakes...Might as well know Kung Fu!
My Son and his snakes, as if the grumpy red tail boa wasn't bad enough, he had to go and get a level 2 venomous snake to torture me with, good grief, I need to get my head looked at.
This snake is indeed available to buy as a pet. Why? I have no idea. Should you buy it? NO. They are very hard to keep alive in captivity, even if you wanted to. Or at least keep alive in a healthy condition. These little meanie creatures eat lizards as their only source of food. Yes, I said lizards. And trying to handle them, is just a challenge in itself, and needs to be done so with extreme care, as they are venomous snakes, meaning they have VENOM, like teeth, with real venom. Why not just go catch a rattlesnake and be done with your excitement.
If bit by one, well, one of three things could happen to you. 1) you could die because you are allergic to the venom (this is rare though...very rare). 2) you could have mild flu like symptoms because you are allergic to the venom. 3) Nothing, because after all, its just a low level venom. Now, I don't know about you? But I don't like the idea of my kid playing or handling ANY kind of poisonous snake, low level or otherwise, call me crazy I know. Did I mention you have to get them out of their cage with a snake hook...a hook!
They are very brightly colored, which is good because you can see them coming for you at least, but they are very FAST snakes, so they come for you very fast! They have 0 personality. In fact, their personality is a bit like that of a Mob Boss, do what they want or else. It is very difficult to keep their environment healthy for them too. It has to always be the right temperature, right space, right ground cover, right light. Its a real pain, quite like their bite. Yes, my son was bit. He spent the whole day in bed with a migraine headache and chills. Snake was gone the very next day. SCORE: Son 0 - Mom 10.
From erinsoule May 23 2015 3:55PM
A Venomous Lizard Specialist - Enough Said!
This fascinating snake, one of the few to have evolved the ability to focus both eyes on a single point, is unfortunately a venomous, rear-fanged species, and best left to zoos. Green vine snake venom is not considered life-threatening under most circumstances, but allergic, immune compromised, very young and elderly folks may be at risk. Also, they are lizard specialists that can only rarely be coaxed to take scented pinkies, and the long term effects of such a diet are unknown. Most in the trade are wild caught, and arrive in poor health and heavily parasitized. So – there are much better choices for those seeking “something different”!
Vine snakes under my care at the Bronx Zoo fared best in heavily-planted cages of at least 6 feet in height (they rarely descend to the ground) heated to 78-90 F and with a 60-70% humidity level. House and reef geckos and green and brown anoles formed the bulk of their diets..
From findiviglio Jan 7 2016 4:03PM