Green vine snakes -- also known as Asian vine or Oriental whip snakes -- are mildly venomous, diurnal hunters. Their slender bodies look like vines, while their heads resemble leaves, providing camouflage in shrubbery and trees. If you're interested in keeping a pet green vine snake, find out whether you need to obtain a permit from your city or state. Although its venom is mild, if your snake bites you, consult a doctor immediately.
Green vine snakes occupy humid, tropical countries throughout southeast Asia and west into India. Highly adaptable, they live throughout the archipelagos of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, and in island countries such as Brunei and Singapore. Their range extends into southern China and throughout Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Green vine snakes thrive in a variety of environments and are common throughout much of their range. As long as they have trees and bushes to climb, they can adjust to an array of habitats, including agricultural plantations and fields, primary- and secondary-growth forests, gardens and even cities. Although they prefer areas high in humidity, they can live in forests that experience dry as well as rainy seasons, and they also inhabit scrubland. They can survive in altitudes from sea level to more than 4,000-foot elevations.
Because of their arboreal nature, green vine snakes need habitats with plenty of branches to climb. Green vine snakes can grow as long as 6 feet, so provide a tank that's at least 3 feet wide and 3 feet high. Artificial twigs, vines and leaves can increase your snake’s comfort by providing camouflage. Set up a temperature gradient that ranges from around 80 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity should remain between 80 and 100 percent, so you might have to mist several times every day, and you should also keep a full water dish in the tank.
Latin American Green Vine Snake
Much less information exists about Latin American green vine snakes than their Asian counterparts. They live in rainforests from Mexico south through Central America to Bolivia. Like the Asian snakes, they can grow to 6 feet or longer, and they spend most of their time in trees. Birds make up a large part of their diet, and the snakes sometimes lurk beside flowers, waiting for hummingbirds, a favorite food.