Coelognathus helena Trinket Snake
Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri LankaAugust 11, 2019
Trinket Snake (Coelognathus helena) Trinket Snake (Coelognathus helena) Trinket Snake (Coelognathus helena)
On our first night in Sri Lanka's lowland dry zone we were the only guests staying in a tented camp near the beach. For our dinner we drove over to another nearby camp owned by the same people, and it was a good thing we did, because this lovely snake slithered across the dirt road right in front of us. My guide Udaya Chanaka leapt out of our car, paused a moment to verify that the snake was not a cobra, and grabbed it. He dumped the remaining contents of a 2-liter water bottle to form a temporary home for this lovely snake, and we continued on to dinner. The next day we took photos of this snake and a couple of others that had been found in our camp, before releasing it back where it had been caught.
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