• Animals in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lankan Animals, Animals of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Flying Snake

The Sri Lankan flying snake (Chrysopelea taprobanica) is mainly found in the dry zone and intermediate climatic zones of Sri Lanka. It is a medium sized snake with a long flattened body that has distinct yellow and black stripes interspersed with red spots, along with a depressed head and large eyes with distinctive pupils. They are diurnal and found living mainly on trees where they are seen making long graceful glides between trees. This mildly venomous snake exists in cultivated fields and in thick vegetation where it feeds on small reptiles, birds and rodents.