Species of Thailand

Green tree snake

Gonyosoma coeruleum, Shuo Liu, Mian Hou, Ye Htet Lwin, Qiaoyan Wang & Dingqi Rao, 1854

(In Thai: งูทางมะพร้าวเขียว)

Gonyosoma prasinum (green trinket snake, green bush rat snake or green ratsnake) is a species of colubrid snake found in Asia.

Description

Rostral a little broader than deep, just visible from above; suture between the internasals a little shorter than that between the prefrontals; frontal as long as its distance from the end of the snout, shorter than the parietals; loreal square or longer than deep; one or two preoculars; temporals 1+2 or 2+2; upper labials 9, fourth, fifth, and sixth entering the eye; 5 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields, which are as long as the posterior or a little longer. Scales in 19 rows, the 9 to 11 middle rows feebly keeled m the adult, smooth in the young. Ventrals with a lateral keel, 198 to 206; anal entire or divided; subcaudals 100–107. Uniform bright green above; upper lip and lower surface yellowish or greenish white. Total length 3 feet: tail 9 inches.

Distribution

Its habitat ranges include Bangladesh, India (Darjeeling, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Burma (also known as Myanmar), northern Thailand, west Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, China (Yunnan, Guizhou, Hainan) and Philippines.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Gonyosoma
Species
Gonyosoma coeruleum

Common names

  • German:
    • Grüne Strauchnatter
    • Grüne Spitzkopfnatter
  • English:
    • Green tree snake
    • Green mountain racer
    • Green tree racer
    • Green bush rat snake
    • Green ratsnake
    • Green trinket snake
  • Thai: งูทางมะพร้าวเขียว

Synonyms

  • Gonyosoma prasina, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Gonyosoma prasinum, Xin Chen et al. (2014)
  • Gonyosoma prasinus, Chen et al. (2014)
  • Rhynchophis prasinus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Rhadinophis prasina, Hussam Zaher et al. (2012)
  • Gonyosoma prasinum, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Elaphe prasina, Bryan L. Stuart & Harold Heatwole (2008)
  • Rhadinophis prasina, Frank T. Burbrink (2007)
  • Elaphe prasina, Indraneil Das & Norsham S. Yaakob (2007)
  • Gonyosoma prasinum, Thomas Ziegler et al. (2007)

Photos

Gonyosoma coeruleum
Gonyosoma coeruleum

Range Map

Distribution map of Green tree snake, Gonyosoma coeruleum in Thailand
Range map of Gonyosoma coeruleum in Thailand