Dispholidus typus is the only species in its genus.


Pholis is Greek for “scale.”  Dis– ?  This guy does have scales.  Does it refer to the way the scales are highlighted (i.e., “separated”) in black or blue?  The common name is more obvious:  Afrikaans for “tree snake.”  Only the adult males are this dazzling green (or patent-leather black).  The venom is a hemotoxin and can be lethal, but because this is a relatively mild-mannered snake it doesn’t kill a lot of people.

“Crikey!   ‘Ave a go at this be-yooootiful animal!”  Because it is such a beautiful animal, it’s one of many that always makes me think of Steve Irwin.