Species of Thailand

Western mangrove cat snake

Boiga melanota, George Albert Boulenger, 1896

(In Thai: งูปล้องทอง, ngu plong thong)

Boiga melanota is a species of the mangrove snake, one of the biggest cat snake species in Asia. It is shiny bluish black in colour, marked with 40-50 yellow stripes. The mouth and throat area are yellow, whereas the ventral part of the body is yellowish black. The eyes are greyish in colour. It is categorised as a mildly venomous snake.

Habits

An adult mangrove snake can reach a length of 2.5 m. It is active at night (nocturnal) and hunts for birds, rats and birds eggs as its main diet. Its large head and mouth enables it to swallows its prey easily.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Boiga
Species
Boiga melanota

Common names

  • English:
    • Western mangrove cat snake
    • Banded mangrove cat snake
  • Thai:
    • งูปล้องทอง, ngu plong thong
    • งูตามธาร, ngu tam than

Subspecies

  • Boiga dendrophila annectens, George Albert Boulenger, 1896

  • Boiga dendrophila dendrophila, Friedrich Boie, 1827

  • Boiga dendrophila divergens, Edward Harrison Taylor, 1922

  • Boiga dendrophila gemmicincta, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron, 1854

  • Boiga dendrophila latifasciata, George Albert Boulenger, 1896

  • Boiga dendrophila levitoni, Maren Gaulke, Arnold D. Demegillo & Gernot Vogel, 2005

  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, George Albert Boulenger, 1896

  • Boiga dendrophila multicincta, George Albert Boulenger, 1896

  • Boiga dendrophila occidentalis, Léo Daniël Brongersma, 1934

Synonyms

  • Boiga melanota, Weinell (2020)
  • Boiga melanota, Henrik Bringsøe (2020)
  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, Krug (2017)
  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, Merel J. Cox et al. (2012)
  • Boiga denrophila sic melanota, Andreas Gumprecht (2005)
  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, Mehrtens (1987)
  • Boiga dendrophila melanota, Léo Daniël Brongersma (1934)
  • Dipsadomorphus dendrophilus type B., Lange & Nelly de Rooij (1910)

Photos

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Range Map

Distribution map of Western mangrove cat snake, Boiga melanota in Thailand
  • Ban Na San District, Surat Thani
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Chai Buri District, Surat Thani
  • Don Sak District, Surat Thani
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Yot District, Trang
  • Kapong District, Phang Nga
  • Khao Chong
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Nan National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla
  • Khlong Phanom National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khok Pho District, Pattani
  • Khuan Khanun District, Phatthalung
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Lam Nam Kra Buri National Park
  • Lan Saka District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Narathiwat District, Narathiwat
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Phatthalung District, Phatthalung
  • Mueang Yala District, Yala
  • Na Thawi District, Songkhla
  • Ngao Waterfall National Park
  • Phipun District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Phuket Province
  • Rattaphum District, Songkhla
  • Si Sakhon District, Narathiwat
  • Sichon District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat
  • Suk Samran District, Ranong
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
  • Tha Chana District, Surat Thani
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Thung Wa District, Satun
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Waeng District, Narathiwat
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
  • Yaring District, Pattani
Range map of Boiga melanota in Thailand

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