MALE OR FEMALE?
In captivity, specimens can die from dehydration even when sitting just mere inches from a bowl of water. Serious and advanced herpetoculturists solve the problem by using an aquarium air pump and lowering the rubber hoses into water bowls, kept in place by an air stone. The bubbling and splashing of water is usually enough to elicit a drinking response. An alternative is manually mistspraying the snakes, but this method takes time, patience, and quite a deal of water. In other parts of the species’ range, females display a range of coloration, usually with a yellow background with scales edged with blue or blue-green, resulting in a reticulated pattern, plus crossbars of the same color. Males are bright green with russet stripes edged with white, in varying breadths. Philippine snakes have both sexes appearing the same color-wise, although it is possible that the southern populations have the females very similar in pigmentation to those from neighboring countries. It has been repeatedly said that one can determine the sex of these snakes based on the eye color, with females having yellow to orange eyes while it is silvery white in males -- and vice versa, depending on who you are conversing with. However, it is my observation that there exists a great deal of overlap that gauging a snake’s sex based on eye color alone can result in errors.