Hibakari (Japanese Keelback)
Ok for the people who know I had a pet snake whose identity was unknown, I have finally completed my research and translations, to come up with a little detailed information, I wish to share with everyone here. I am uncertain wether there is anyone else from Japan on this forum, but if there is and you can offer more information, or I have made an error. Please feel free to add/correct me.
The snake is a Hibakari (Japanese keelback), Scientifically known as
Amphiesma vibakari vibakari (I have no idea, why they repeat it, but thats how it goes). The Hibakari is a Japanese endemic, found in most of the Honshu Island. It is a non venomous snake, which grows to a length of 40-65cm.
They have no fangs but a set of tiny teeth that curl inward, they are brown in colour with a yellow stripe on either side of its neck, and they have a greenish yellow stomach. (I'm not sure how many snakes don't have fangs, thats why I added it). The eggs of the Hibakari are usually 2.8cm in length and 1.3cm in diameter. This snake is usually most active in the early morning (Dawn) and they live on a diet of frogs, tadpoles, earth worms, tiddlers and some insects.
I have found with my dealings with this type of snake, although they are wild, they are easily calmed down. Letting them crawl around my hand for about thirty seconds with no pressure or rushing, these little guys simply wrap themselves around you, and well to me they appear calmer and relaxed.
The 1st one that I got, I wasn't too sociable with, just picked him up and put into an ice-cream container, then immediately purchased a proper enclosure and put him in that. I think now if I had have held and relaxed him first it might have been better. But it is a learning experience.
I hope this information has enlightened you all to another species of snake, this is all I could find after weeks of research. I will soon make a post about the Shima-hebi and the Aodaishou. The reason being, a petshop first identified my snake as being one of those species however that was found to be incorrect after a little research. I'm not sure exactly when I will post as the translating part, takes a lot of time and I think there might just be more info out there too which I want.
Tomorrow I will be adding more pics of the Hibakari to my thread in the photo gallery also titled Hibakari. They are gorgeous wee fella's.