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Reptiles of Thailand

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Rice paddy snake

Binomial name: Enhydris plumbea (Friedrich Boie, 1827)

The rice paddy snake (Enhydris plumbea) is a species of mildly venomous, rear-fanged, colubrid snake endemic to South Asia.

Geographic range

E. plumbea is found in India, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, southeastern China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Habitat

The rice paddy snake is a common and abundant species associated with all sorts of wet habitats.

Taxonomy

DNA evidence suggests that this taxon might be a species complex.

Description

The rice paddy snake is a relatively small snake, reaching a total length (including tail) of up to 72 cm.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Subphylum
Vertebrata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Enhydris
Species
Enhydris plumbea

Common names

  • German: Olivfarbene Wassertrugnatter
  • English: Boie’s mud snake, Rice paddy snake, Plumbeous water snake
  • Thai: งูปลิง

Synonyms

  • Enhydris plumbea, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Hypsiscopus plumbea, John C. Murphy & Harold Knight Voris (2014)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Enhydris plumbea, David J. Gower et al. (2012)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Thomas Ziegler (2002)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Helicops wettsteini, Afrânio Pompílio Gastos do Amaral (1929)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1907)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1898)
  • Hypsirhina plumbea, George Albert Boulenger (1896)
  • Eurotus (sic) plumbeus, Abraham Carel J. Edeling (1870)
  • Hypsirhina plumbea, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Eurostus plumbeus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1863)
  • Eurostus plumbeus, André Marie Constant Duméril, Gabriel Bibron & Auguste Duméril (1854)
  • Hypsirhina plumbea, John Edward Gray (1842)
  • Coluber plumbeus, Joseph Fortuné Théodore Eydoux & François Louis Paul Gervaise (1837)
  • Homalopsis plumbea, Friedrich Boie (1827)

Rice paddy 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.

  • Ban Lat District
  • Doi Pha Mueang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District
  • Kaeng Tana National Park
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khuan Khanun District
  • Mae Yom National Park
  • Mueang Mae Hong Son District
  • Mueang Nakhon Sawan District
  • Nong Phai District
  • Pak Thong Chai District
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Prachantakham District
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Sam Sung District
  • Su-ngai Kolok (Malay: Sungai Golok) District
  • Ta Phraya National Park
  • Thung Yai District
  • Wang Nam Khiao District
  • Wang Saphung District
  • Watthana Nakhon District

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Enhydris plumbea

Enhydris plumbea

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Distribution map of Rice paddy snake, Enhydris plumbea in Thailand
  • Ban Lat District
  • Doi Pha Mueang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District
  • Kaeng Tana National Park
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khuan Khanun District
  • Mae Yom National Park
  • Mueang Mae Hong Son District
  • Mueang Nakhon Sawan District
  • Nong Phai District
  • Pak Thong Chai District
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Prachantakham District
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Sam Sung District
  • Su-ngai Kolok (Malay: Sungai Golok) District
  • Ta Phraya National Park
  • Thung Yai District
  • Wang Nam Khiao District
  • Wang Saphung District
  • Watthana Nakhon District

Range map of Enhydris plumbea in Thailand

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