Saturday, November 12, 2016

Species of Snakes in Malaysia


Malaysia is bestowed with 180 species of snakes, of which 142 species are found in Peninsular Malaysia. Of the 142 species, only 39 species are poisonous.

Snakes live in places where they can find food, as well as provide the kind of camouflage needed for their concealment.

Ecologically, snakes play a major role in keeping the rodent population in check as most snakes feed on rats, which are not only pests but also a source for spreading various diseases.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features the following species of snakes (from left to right) :

Reticulated Python, a harmless snake which can be dangerous because of its size which has the power of constricting its victim.

Royal Tree Snake, an uncommon species confined to Malaysia. With its multi-colour pattern, this non-poisonous snake is the most elegant and beautiful in Malaysia.

Malayan Krait, confined to inland than coastal areas, and is usually found near water. Its bites are venomous.

Blue Malaysian Coral Snake, the largest of the coral snake species. Its bites are also venomous.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Mar 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 28mm x 38mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Most of the snake bites in Malaysia are due to Malayan Pit Viper, a bad-tempered snake, quick to strike if disturbed. It is known in Malaysia as "Ular Kapak Bodoh", literally the Stupid Viper. It earned the reputation of being ‘stupid’ because the snake usually remains at the site of an attack despite several hours later, and hence usually killed.

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