Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao has abundant nature with warm-temperature forests and temperate forests. There are a lot more species could be called as "treasure" inhabits other than explained in animals, insects and birds section. Spiders is one of them because they are beneficial insects and its prey is destructive insects. Over 300 species including rare ones inhabits and Mt. Takao is the mountain with the largest number of species of spiders and widely known as a paradise for spiders.

Rhabdophis tigrinus (Tiger Keelback)
Rhabdophis tigrinus (Tiger Keelback) Tiger Keelback
Main region: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Sado Islands, Goto Islands, Yaku Island and Tanega Island. Found in flatlands to low elevations and prefer paddy fields and swampy areas. Feed on frogs, lizards and fish but prefer frogs the best. This species is large in body size and even feed on toads which most of other snakes does not. Are not harmful to human beings compare to habu and pit viper but it is dangerous to be bitten because there are poisonous fangs deep inside of mouth. The poison causes death depending on the condition of human body. Also have poison in glands at the back of neck. It is dangerous even to step on them because the skin of poisonous glands will break and poisonous secretion will splash. Normally stay calm and does not bite unless human beings try to touch or catch them.

●Body Length  about 70 to 150 cm
●Season  April to October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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