Monday, 3 August 2015

Creatures 307: Erpeton tentaculatum

A snake with a mustache

 Erpeton tentaculatum is called the tentacled snake because of the two tentacle like structures which look like a mustache on their face.

They are ambush predators, burying themselves in the mud and waiting for their prey to swim by The bizarre structure helps detect when their prey is swimming by. They spend their whole life in the water and can spend up to 30 minutes underwater. They are hatched from their eggs before the eggs have been laid.

It is found in South-east Asia.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus:  Erpeton
Species:  Erpeton tentaculatum

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