Liophis cobellus, the mangrove snake is an aquatic snake which is found in the Guianas, eastern Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago. It feeds on frogs, geckos and fish. Its large head and mouth also enable this snake to consume eggs, birds, and even squirrels. This snake is commonly found among mangroves, hence the name.
The mangrove is a rear-fanged snake and, when annoyed, will flare its lips to display bright yellow and black scales. This snake will bite readily in self-defense, and the bite will cause serious pain and discomfort but no more serious consequences.
Its scales are large, distinct, smooth, and very shiny. Vibrant yellow stripes contrast a mostly black body. There is no coloration on the top of its spade shaped head.
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