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 climacophora (Japanese Rat Snake)
Elaphe climacophora (Japanese Rat Snake) Tiger Keelback
Main region: Hokkaido to Kyushu, Kunashiri Island, Sado Island and Goto Islands. Found in forests and grasslands from flatlands to mountains and also in ceilings. Most commonly known snake in Honshu. The body color is brownish olive but varies by individual species. The body size of large species is more than 2 meters but they are calm and not poisonous. Are good at climbing up trees by using keeled scales, even vertical trees or power poles and hunt for baby birds or eggs in bird’s nests. The white species called shirohebi literally meaning white snakes are the albino species of this species. This white rat snakes live in Iwakuni city of Yamaguchi prefectures and are designated as protected species.

●Body Length  about 100 to 200 cm
●Season  April to October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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