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Posted by Chinmay Kanchi on March 23, 2003 at 04:52:16:
In Reply to: Question on Ahaetulla Prasina & Ahaetulla Nasuta posted by boiga on March 22, 2003 at 10:21:47:
:How do you tell them apart? I have looked at several photos of these two species and can't seem to find any common distinguishable traits. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks. :)
The easiest way to tell them apart is to look for the extra projection on the snout of A.nasuta. It has a so-called dermal appendage at the end of the snout. However, A.nasuta do tend to rub it off when they're in captivity, so if absent, the only way to tell them apart is to do a complete scale count. Here are Smith's scale counts for the two species:
Dermal appendage usually made up of only one rostral. Ventrals:166-207, Caudals: Male - 156-180 , Female - 135-152, Anal: 2
Supralabials entire. V: 194-235 , C:151-187 , A:2