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Dendrelaphis haasi VAN ROOIJEN & VOGEL, 2008

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Haas’s Bronzeback snake 
SynonymDendrelaphis haasi VAN ROOIJEN & VOGEL 2008
Dendrelaphis pictus
Dendrelaphis haasi — LIVIGNI 2013: 396
Dendrelaphis haasi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 218 
DistributionW Malaysia (incl. Tioman Island), Indonesia (Sumatra, Nias, Mentawei Archipelago, Billiton, Java, Borneo), Singapore

Type locality: “Nias”, Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: RMNH 5507, an adult male, collector: J.D. Pasteur, collection date: 1890 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Dendrelaphis, characterized by the combination of: (1) vertebral scales strongly enlarged, larger than the dorsals of the first row; (2) 161-173 ventrals; (3) 126-153 divided subcaudals; (4) 15 dorsal scale rows at midbody; (5) anal shield divided; (6) a long first sublabial that touches 4 infralabials on average (range: 2-5); (7) a single loreal; (8) a single anterior temporal, 3 to 5 temporals in total; (9) 1 to 2 postoculars; (10) a parietal shield that extends far down the side of the head, as a result of which the temporal region is very angular; (11) small eye, 3.4-4.1 mm when adjusted to a SVL of 57.5 cm.; (12) maximum total length 94.5 cm; (13) very long tail, TAIL/TL 0.34-0.38; (14) a narrow postocular stripe that covers the lower part of the lower temporals and ends at the rear of the jaw or extends onto the neck; (15) the presence of oblique black bars on the sides of the neck; (16) the presence of a light ventrolateral stripe that is dull and in most cases barely visible; (17) absence of black lines bordering the ventrolateral stripe.
CommentSpecimens that belong to D. haasi have been assigned to D. pictus previously.

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018) 
EtymologyThis species is named after Mr C.P.J. De Haas who collected the type-specimens of D. haasi. 
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