Climbing Behavior in the Checkered Keelback or Asiatic Water Snake Xenochrophis piscator (Schneider, 1799) (Colubridae: Natricinae) in the Western Ghats, India

@article{Phansalkar2016ClimbingBI,
  title={Climbing Behavior in the Checkered Keelback or Asiatic Water Snake Xenochrophis piscator (Schneider, 1799) (Colubridae: Natricinae) in the Western Ghats, India},
  author={Pushkar Umesh Phansalkar and Gaurang G Gowande},
  journal={Russian Journal of Herpetology},
  year={2016},
  volume={24},
  pages={73-74}
}
  • Pushkar Umesh Phansalkar, Gaurang G Gowande
  • Published 2016
  • Biology
  • Russian Journal of Herpetology
  • One of the commonest aquatic snakes of India, the Checkered Keelback, Xenochrophis piscator , typically inhabits freshwater bodies and feeds on aquatic prey such as the fishes and frogs. Here, we report an unusual climbing behavior of the species from a semi-evergreen forest in the northern Western Ghats in India. An adult individual was observed climbing an Ironwood Tree ( Memecylon umbellatum ) which harbored a clutch of Malabar Gliding Frog Rhacophorus malabaricus eggs. Known primarily for… CONTINUE READING