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Tentacled Snake

Erpeton tentaculatum


  • Southeast Asia


  • Rivers and streams


  • Fish

The tentacled snake is a relatively small snake, averaging about 20-35 inches in length.

It lives the majority of its life in murky water, able to stay underwater for up to 30 minutes without coming up for air. It is the only species of snake to possess twin “tentacles” on the front of its head, their purpose is unclear, but most likely a sensory function used in detecting prey. Although it does have venomous fangs, it is not considered dangerous to humans. The fangs are small, and the venom is specific to the fish it eats.

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