Species of Thailand
Hebius leucomystax, Patrick David, Raoul H. Bain, Truong Quang, Nikolai L. Orlov, Gernot Vogel, Thanh Ngoc Vu & Thomas Ziegler, 2007
the white-lipped keelback (Hebius leucomystax) is a species of nonvenomous natricine snake found in central Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
The specific name, leucomystax, is Greek for "white mustache.
This snake, though primarily an upland species, is associated with both lowland and montane evergreen monsoon forests. It can be found near streams in mixed dipterocarp and pine forests. More rarely, it has been found in secondary forest. Its diet includes frogs and other small animals.
They grow to 406 mm in snout–vent length and 595 mm in total length. It has a beautiful yellow-white stripe that sweeps along its head, and red dots cover its body.
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- Hebius leucomystax
- German: Weißlippen-Gebirgswassernatter
- English: White-lipped keelback
- French: Amphiesme à lêvres blanches
- Vietnam: Ran sai mep trang
- Hebius leucomystax, Patrick David et al. (2021)
- Amphiesma leucomystax, Olivier Sylvain Gérard Pauwels et al. (2015)
- Amphiesma leucomystax, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
- Hebius leucomystax, Peng Guo et al. (2014)
- Amphiesma leucomystax, Patrick David, Raoul H. Bain, Truong Quang, Nikolai L. Orlov, Gernot Vogel, Thanh Ngoc Vu & Thomas Ziegler (2007)
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)