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Species of Thailand

White-spotted cat snake

Thai: งูดงคา, ngu dong ka

Binomial name: Boiga drapiezii, Heinrich Boie in Friedrich Boie, 1827

Boiga drapiezii, commonly known as the white-spotted cat snake, is a species of long and slender rear-fanged colubrid that is common throughout its range.

Etymology

The epithet, drapiezii, is in honor of Belgian naturalist Auguste Drapiez.

Description

There are two known phases. The green phase has a marbled green body with a more robust head and width. The brown phase is much more slender with orange brown triangle-like bands across the body. This species is in need of urgent review, with possibly more subspecies awaiting discovery and subsequent description.

Geographic range

Indonesia, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines.

Habitat

The white-spotted cat snake, while arboreal, can often be found moving about on the forest floor in search of prey and travel. They are found in tropical rainforest, sometimes on branches near streams.

Diet

The white-spotted cat snake feeds on geckos, frogs and other smaller snakes in the wild.

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Site notes

* A specimen of this species found in Kaeng Krachan National Park by a  herper in December 2015. Photo shown to Ton Smits and ID confirmed by an expert.

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Subphylum
Vertebrata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Boiga
Species
Boiga drapiezii

Common names

  • German: Weissflecken-Katzennatter
  • English:
    • White-spotted cat snake
    • Drapiez’s cat snake
  • Thai: งูดงคา, ngu dong ka

Synonyms

  • Boiga drapiezii, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Boiga drapiezii, Jelmer Groen (2008)
  • Boiga drapiezii, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Boiga drapiezii, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Boiga drapiezii, Michael Wilmer Forbes Tweedie (1950)
  • Boiga schultzei, Edward Harrison Taylor (1923)
  • Boiga drapiezii, Thomas Barbour (1912)
  • Dipsadomorphus drapiezii, George Albert Boulenger (1896)
  • Dipsas drapiezii var. bancana, Wilhelm Karl Hartwich Peters (1867)
  • Triglyphodon drapiezii, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)
  • Dipsas drapiezii, H. Boie in Friedrich Boie (1827)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of White-spotted cat snake, Boiga drapiezii in Thailand

Range map of Boiga drapiezii in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits and Parinya Pawangkhanant for their help with many range data.

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