Calliophis bivirgata — Blue Coral Snake
Some authorities use the masculine ending: Calliophis bivirgatus.
Subspecies I've seen:
C. b. tetrataenia
Borneo Blue Coral Snake
Calliophis bivirgata tetrataenia — Borneo Blue Coral Snake
I was slowly hiking up a trail at night, scanning the trail and the trailside vegetation for anything alive that wasn't a plant, when my eye caught some motion on the trail about ten feet ahead. It took only a split second to recognize that a snake was heading straight down the middle of the trail toward me, and maybe another second to recognize that the snake in question was the beautiful and highly venomous Borneo Blue Coral Snake. This snake is at or near the top of every snake-lover's list of best species to see in Borneo, and here one was, coming right at me. I was very happy, but also a little worried that I wouldn't be able to get a decent photo before it would zip past me and disappear down the hill. However, this particular snake was cooperative as well as beautiful and highly venomous, and when it sensed my presence it paused in the middle of the trail long enough for me to get some decent photos.
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