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Species of Thailand

Green tree snake

In Thai: งูทางมะพร้าวเขียว

Binomial name: Gonyosoma prasinum, Edward Blyth, 1854

Rhadinophis prasinus (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 prasinum

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)
  • Gonyosoma prasinum, Urs Utiger et al. (2005)
  • Gonyosoma prasinum, Patrick David et al. (2004)
  • Elaphe prasina, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Elaphe prasina, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Gonyosoma prasina, Indraneil Das (1997)
  • Elaphe prasina, Klaus-Dieter Schulz (1996)
  • Gonyosoma prasina, Samuel Booker McDowell & Jenner (1988)
  • Elaphe prasina, Alice Georgie Cruickshank Grandison (1978)
  • Elaphe prasina, Michael Wilmer Forbes Tweedie (1950)
  • Elaphe prasina, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Elaphe prasina, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1930)
  • Coluber prasinus, George Albert Boulenger (1894)
  • Gonyosoma gramineum, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Coluber prasinus, Edward Blyth (1854)

Photos

Green trinket snake
Rhadinophis prasinus

Range Map

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