Reluctant to bite but will if handled firmly. Generally strikes with mouth closed. Emits a strong odor from the cloaca if handled firmly.
The Keelback is olive brown with irregular dark cross-bands. The body scales are strongly keeled, producing ridges that run along the snake’s body. Flecks of pale skin can often be seen through the scales. The belly is cream and usually flushed with a pink or orange tinge along the edges. Dark bars can be seen between the sutures on the upper lip scales.
60cm but 80cm specimens have been recorded.
Common in moist localities within wet and dry forest environments.
Near wetlands, swamps, rivers and creeks.
Frogs, lizards and occasionally fish and tadpoles.
Common around creeks, streams and swamplands.
Found around fishponds, swampy areas and streams. Forages for Frogs and Lizards.