Boiga drapiezii Pale-spotted Cat Snake
Also known as:
White-spotted Cat Snake, Drapiez’s Cat Snake
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 15, 2017
Pale-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii)
This species is an ecological equivalent of the new world's Imantodes, using its very long and thin body to stretch from branch to branch in search of sleeping lizards to swallow. This one must have had some recent success in that department.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on this trip to Malaysia, as well as a travelogue of the trip.

Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 27, 2017
Pale-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii)
I saw this snake slithering slowly across the trail in front of me, and recognized it as a Boiga right away. It wanted to just keep on moving, but I wanted it to sit still for photos. This disagreement continued even after I put it in some nearby foliage. Perhaps I could have eventually won the argument, but the snake had more stamina than I had patience, and I settled for a mediocre shot or two.

I was surprised to discover that this snake was the same species as the one I had seen in Selangor, since the colors and pattern were so different. And yet, the same species it was.

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 26, 2018
Pale-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii) Pale-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii)
Woe to any sleeping lizard that thinks it is on a safe perch, far from the nearest other vegetation. These very long and thin snakes can support most of their body from a contact point or two near their tail ends, thus enabling them to stretch out to reach seemingly unreachably distant branches.
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