Kapuas Mud Snake (Enhydris gyii) or the Chameleon snake is a native of the Borneo Island, found inside the macro habitat of the Kapuas River. The Snake can change its epidermal color spontaneously. Discovered in 2005 accidently, when the specimen was put in a dark bucket, the snake turned into pale white 20 mins later. A new species to the Enhydris genus.. Like all Homalospinae, this 30 inch snake is mildly venomous (Rear fanged snake) and Viviparous.

To be much plain ... Kapuas Mud Snake (Enhydris gyii) is a rear fanged water snake.

Extract from Nat Geo News

June 27, 2006--A newfound species of poisonous snake might have developed an unusual way to keep enemies at bay—by spontaneously changing its skin color.

The slightly iridescent serpent, was discovered in the Indonesian section of the island of Borneo, the international conservation organization WWF announced today. A WWF team found the snake during a 2003 survey of the island's reptile diversity.

"I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket," Mark Auliya, a German reptile expert and WWF consultant, said in a press release. "When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white."

Auliya found the 1.6-foot-long (0.5-meter-long) snake in wetlands and swamps near the Kapuas River in Borneo's Betung Kerihun National Park. His team named it the Kapuas mud snake, and the scientists believe it exists only in the river's drainage areas.

"The discovery of the 'chameleon' snake exposes one of nature's best kept secrets deep in the heart of Borneo," WWF's Stuart Chapman said in a press release. "Its ability to change color has kept it hidden from science until now. I guess it just picked the wrong color that day."

A handful of other reptiles are known to be able to rapidly change their pigmentation (photo:chameleon color change), and the trait has been documented as a defense mechanism in some snakes. The researchers don't yet know how or why the new snake species makes the change, but they speculate it could be a warning behavior.

12/26/2008 02:11:05 pm

dude..awesome...!! new species eh ?? great..!! who knows..
many more mite be there 2 b discovered,,,
newayz...thanx.. a lot 4 d information about..kapaus mud snake...
...good job..


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