Erpeton tentaculum (Tentacle Snake, Fishing Snake)
Thai: (ngu kra daeng)
Length: Up to 90 cm
Occurrence: Central and southern Thailand
The tentacled snake inhabits slowly moving or still waters which are muddied and unclear. It is found in freshwater, brackish water, and in seawater. In water, the tentacled snake uses its tail to grasp aquatic plants or branches and roots found under the water. It remains completely still, which has given it the Thai name “Ngu on to her krad”, which translates as the “board snake”. The snakes are active more
often at dusk than during the day. It feeds on fish and crustaceans, which it does not pursue, but rather seizes if they come into range. It is accepted that the mobile tentacles on the head serves as lures for fish. During the dry season, if the water habitat of the snake dries up, it buries itself in the mud until the rains return. The snakes are easily identified by their two tentacles. The snake moves somewhat
cumbersome on the shore. Erepton tentaculatus gives birth to between 5 and 13 living young, which have a length of between 200 and 390 mm.
Only mildly poisonous. Even when held in the hands, the animals rarely even try to bite.