Cylindrophis maculatus. When threatened, the harmless Ceylonese...
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Image #cld1829900
SpeciesCylindrophis maculatus
LocalityCentral Province, Sri Lanka
DescriptionWhen threatened, the harmless Ceylonese Pipe Snake employs a clever trick: it flattens its tail and raises it to expose the bright checkered pattern underneath. Not only does this divert attacks away from its vulnerable head (which remains hidden beneath), but these bold color patterns resemble venomous coral snakes (Calliophis sp.). 
Keywordsanimal | cylindrophiidae | defense | fauna | mimicry | pipe | reptile | snake | wildlife

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