Photograph by SUHAAS PREMKUMAR for National Geographic
The Green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta), is a slender green tree snake found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is diurnal and mildly venomous, normally feeding on frogs and lizards. Green vine snakes are slow moving, relying on camouflaging as a vine in foliage to hunt.
Regarding this wonderful shot, photographer Suhaas Premkumar states this is, “one of the most beautiful snakes I have found and shot so far, which is a photographer’s delight because of its vibrant colors and its posture, which is actually a self-defense posture.”