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.

Elaphe quadrivirgata (Japanese Striped Snake)
Elaphe quadrivirgata (Japanese Striped Snake) Tiger Keelback
Main region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kunashiri Island, Sado Island and Osumi Islands. Found in sunny croplands, riverbeds and grasslands from flatlands to mountains as they often bath in the sun. Are commonly known snakes like Japanese forest ratsnake and tiger keelback. Body patterns vary by individual species but most of them have four black stripes as the Japanese name Shima-hebi literally meaning stripe snake states. Some species have black body and called karasu-hebi literally meaning crow snake. Are active during daytime and hunt for frogs, rats, lizards, salamanders and eggs of birds. Also have a habit to eat another snakes such as Japanese forest ratsnake and amphiesma vibakari. When sensing dangers, threat others by making S shape with body.

●Body Length  about 80 to 200 cm
●Season  April to about October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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