Lycodon albofuscus Slender Wolf Snake
Also known as:
Slender-tailed Wolf Snake, Dark Wolf Snake, Dusky Wolf Snake
This species was formerly classified as Lepturophis albofuscus, until a giant new phylogeny of snakes in 2016 did away with the distinction.
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 16, 2017
Slender Wolf Snake (Lycodon albofuscus)
I spotted this snake as it investigated a large buttress and called out "snake!" to my Malaysian companion and guide, Kurt "Orion" G. I didn't know my Malaysian snakes well enough to distinguish this harmless Wolf Snake from, e.g., a cobra, but Kurt certainly did. We detained the snake and moved it to a spot on a nearby trail where we hoped to pose it for photos. The snake had a different idea and rocketed off into the forest approximately a quarter of a second after the grip on it was released, never to be seen again.

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.

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 23, 2018
Slender Wolf Snake (Lycodon albofuscus)
A year later, Kurt found and wrangled another adult of this species, so I got a chance to see what their heads actually look like.
Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, MalaysiaMarch 9, 2018
Slender Wolf Snake (Lycodon albofuscus) Slender Wolf Snake (Lycodon albofuscus)
Youngsters look quite different, with many narrow white crossbands.
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