Checkered Keelback (Xenochrophis piscator) Ranthambhore National Park. Rajasthan. INDIA.
Common fresh water snake that feeds mainly on frogs, fish and tadpoles. Will feign death when attacked by predator. Egg laying snake with clutch varying from 8 - 91 eggs. Will errect and flatten forebody prior to striking.
HABITAT & RANGE: Throughout Indian Subcontinent as well as Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Ranthambhore National Park was established as a sanctuary in 1955 as a tiger reserve in 1973 and a national park in 1981. The park is dominated by the ruins of the 1,000 year-old Ranthambhore Fort.