Basic Information

Scientific Name: Chrysopelea pelias
Distribution: India, Sri Lanka, Burma, southern China, Indo-China, Malay Peninsula, Indonesian islands, and the Philippines [3]
Average Size: 29.5 in. (75 cm) [2]
Habitat: Matured Forests [2]
Activity: Arboreal, sometimes undergrowth [4]

About the Twin-barred Tree Snake

Twin-Barred Tree Snakes are mildly poisonous, [1] rear-fanged serpents. [4] They are rare, some believe endangered, and difficult to find in their native land. [1] Related to the Paradise Tree Snake, they are primarily arboreal and possess the ability to glide. [4] They climb trees by utilizing the irregularity of the bark's surface to climb up trees. [1] They consume lizards for their diet. [2]

Twin-Barred Tree Snakes glide by leaping from a high surface, like a branch. [4] With mid-air, they alter the shape of their ventral surface, making their bodies roughly concave in cross-section, which enables them to glide. [4] To navigate, they have to undulate their bodies through the air. [4]

Physical Description

Considered a beautiful snake, [2] the Twin-Barred Tree Snake is red with white and black markings, [2] or sometimes green markings. [3] They have narrow, elegant heads and large eyes. [3] They have slender bodies with long, prehensile tails, [3] and they are the smallest of the Chrysopelea genus.


  1. Twin-barred Tree Snake. Link Defunct: <>
  2. Wildlife Singapore: Twin-barred Tree Snake: Chrysopelea pelias
  3. Mattison [New] 233
  4. Mattison [World] 38

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