Thai National Parks

Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Twin-barred tree snake

Binomial name: Chrysopelea pelias (Carolus Linnaeus, 1758)

The twin-barred tree snake (Chrysopelea pelias) is a species of snake found in Southeast Asia. It is also called the banded flying snake. It can glide, as with all species of its genus Chrysopelea, 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. It is an oviparous snake.

Chrysopelea pelias has an overlapping range with the paradise tree snake (Chrysopelea paradisi) in Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo and Indonesia. However, Chrysopelea pelias is not nearly as common as the paradise tree snake.


The twin-barred tree snake is found in

Thailand, Malaysia (Malaya, Penang Island, Pulau Tioman, and East Malaysia), Indonesia (Bangka, Java, Mentawai Archipelago, Nako, Natuna Archipelago, Nias, Riau Archipelago, Sumatra, Borneo); Brunei Darussalam; Burma and Singapore.

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Scientific classification

Chrysopelea pelias

Common names

  • German: Rote Schmuckbaumnatter, Gebänderte Schmuckbaumnatter
  • English: Twin-barred tree snake, Banded flying snake, Red tree snake
  • Thai: งูดอกหมากแดง


  • Chrysopelea pelias, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Chrysopelea pelias, Karl Patterson Schmidt (2012)
  • Chrysopelea pelias, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Chrysopelea pelias, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Chrysopelea chrysochlora, Rudolf Malkmus (1985)
  • Chrysopelea pelias (LINNAEUS), Robert Mertens (1968)
  • Chrysopelea pelias, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1930)
  • Chrysochlora pelias, Lars Gabriel Andersson (1899)
  • Chrysopelea chrysochlora, George Albert Boulenger (1896)
  • Chrysopelea hasseltii, Pieter Bleeker (1860)
  • Chrysopelea erythrochloris, Pieter Bleeker (1860)
  • Leptophis ornatus, Theodore Edward Cantor (1847)
  • Dendrophis ornata (nec Coluber ornatus, George Shaw), Hermann Schlegel (1837)
  • Dendrophis chrysochloros, Hermann Schlegel (1837)
  • Chrysopelea chrysochlora, Hermann Schlegel (1837)
  • Chrysopelea erythromelas, Friedrich Boie (1827)
  • Chrysopelea erythrochloris, Hermann Schlegel (1826)
  • Coluber pelias, Carolus Linnaeus (1758)

Twin-barred 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)

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Distribution map of Twin-barred tree snake, Chrysopelea pelias in Thailand

Range map of Chrysopelea pelias in Thailand

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