Species of Thailand
Paradise tree snake
Thai: งูเขียวร่อน, ngu khieow ron
Binomial name: Chrysopelea paradisi, Heinrich 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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- Chrysopelea paradisi
- German: Paradies-Schmuckbaumnatter
- Paradise tree snake
- Paradise flying snake
- งูเขียวร่อน, ngu khieow ron
- งูเขียวดอกหมาก, ngu khiao dokmak
Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis, Robert Mertens, 1968
Range: Indonesia (Sulawesi)
Chrysopelea paradisi paradisi, Friedrich Boie, 1827
Range: Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, India (Andaman Islands), Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia, Pulau Pangkor), Myanmar, Philippine Islands, Singapore
Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis, Robert Mertens, 1968
Range: 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)
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
Range map of Chrysopelea paradisi in Thailand
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