It was great to find this young ratsnake (aodaisho) in a tree at the side of the path. I’ve seen a couple of other snakes this week, but this is the first I’ve managed to photograph. What a little beauty! The adult looks completely different (see here).

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Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae (namihebi):
Elaphe climacophora
Japanese Ratsnake = aodaisho

Location: In the valley below Mt. Yukawa in Munakata (google map)