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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Paradise tree snake

Binomial name: Chrysopelea paradisi (Friedrich Boie, 1827)

Paradise tree snake or Paradise flying snake, Chrysopelea paradisi, is a species of snake found in southeastern Asia. It can, like all species of its genus Chrysopelea, glide by stretching the body into a flattened strip using its ribs. It is mostly found in moist forests and can cover a horizontal distance of about 100 metres in a glide from the top of a tree. Slow motion photography shows an undulation of the snake's body in flight while the head remains relatively stable, suggesting controlled flight. They are mildly venomous with rear fangs and also can constrict their prey, which consists of mostly lizards and bats.


Thailand (incl. Phuket), Indonesia (Bangka, Belitung, Java, Mentawai Archipelago, Natuna Archipelago, Nias, Riau Archipelago, Sumatra, We, Borneo, Sulawesi), Brunei Darussalam; India (Andaman Islands), Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia); Myanmar (Burma); Philippine Islands (including Sulu Archipelago, Negros Oriental, Panay, Luzon); Singapore; Race celebensis: Indonesia (Sulawesi).

Race variabilis: Philippine Islands (including Sulu Archipelago)

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Site notes

A specimen of this species found in Kaeng Krachan National Park by Ton & Tan from Tontan Travel June 2016, a bit further north than previously known range.

Scientific classification

Chrysopelea paradisi

Common names

  • German: Paradies-Schmuckbaumnatter
  • English: Paradise tree snake, Paradise flying snake
  • Thai: งูเขียวร่อน


  • Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis (Robert Mertens, 1968) - Indonesia (Sulawesi)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi paradisi (Friedrich Boie, 1827) - Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, India (Andaman Islands), Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia, Pulau Pangkor), Myanmar, Philippine Islands, Singapore
  • Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis (Robert Mertens, 1968) - Philippine Islands (including Sulu Archipelago, Panay)


  • Chrysopelea paradisi, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis, Maren Gaulke (2012)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis, Thomas Cherico Wanger et al. (2011)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis, Djoko Tjahjono Iskandar & Walter R. Erdelen (2006)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis, De Lange & Gernot Vogel (2005)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi paradisi, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi paradisi, Robert Mertens (1968)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis, Robert Mertens (1968)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis, Robert Mertens (1968)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Leptophis ornatus var. (partim), Theodore Edward Cantor (1847)
  • Dendrophis ornata (partim), Hermann Schlegel (1837)
  • Chrysopelea paradisi, H. Boie in Friedrich Boie (1827)
  • Chrysopelea ornata, Friedrich Boie (1827)

Paradise tree snake is found in following locations in Thailand

Please note that this non-official list is not complete nor necessarily accurate. This list is a summary of checklists from other websites, blogs, publications, photo/videos published on various websites or our own findings. We appreciate your contributions with photo proof.

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Paradise tree snake, Chrysopelea paradisi in Thailand

Range map of Chrysopelea paradisi in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are generated automatically based on very limited data we have about the protected sites, the data is not necessarily accurate. Please help us to improve our range maps by sharing your findings/knowledge.