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The attractively-colored Keelback Snakes are not commonly kept in private collections. Most favor swampy habitats, where they prey upon frogs and fishes. They are rear-fanged and venomous.

While bites from the most-commonly available species seem to cause only mild reactions in people, individual sensitivities and other factors can greatly bite severity. Superficially-similar species, sometimes sold as “Keelbacks” or “Chinese Garter Snakes”, have been responsible for severe envenomations and fatalities. Until their classification is clarified, Keelbacks should not be kept as pets. A doctor should be consulted before one acquires a Rear-Fanged Snake of any species.