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Deschauensee's keelback

Thai: งูลายสาบท้องสามขีด, ngu lai saap thong saam khid

Binomial name: Hebius deschauenseei, Edward Harrison Taylor, 1934

Amphiesma deschauenseei, commonly known as the northern keelback or Deschauensee's keelback, is a species of nonvenomous natricine snake endemic to Asia.


The specific name, deschauenseei, is in honor of American ornithologist Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, who collected the type specimen.

Geographic range

A. deschauenseei is found in Thailand, Vietnam, and southern China (Yunnan and Guizhou).

Its type locality is in Chiang Mai province of Thailand.

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Scientific classification

Hebius deschauenseei

Common names

  • German: Deschauensees Wassernatter
  • English:
    • Deschauensee’s keelback
    • Northern keelback
  • Thai: งูลายสาบท้องสามขีด, ngu lai saap thong saam khid


  • Amphiesma deschauenseei, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Hebius deschauenseei, Peng Guo et al. (2014)
  • Amphiesma deschauenseei, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Amphiesma deschauenseei, Patrick David et al. (2007)
  • Amphiesma deschauenseei, Patrick David, Gernot Vogel & Olivier S.G. Pauwels (1998)
  • Natrix deschauenseei, Edward Harrison Taylor (1934)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Deschauensee's keelback, Hebius deschauenseei in Thailand
  • Chae Son National Park
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Khlong Wang Chao National Park
  • Khun Nan National Park
  • Mae On District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Takhrai National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Pai District, Mae Hong Son
  • Phop Phra District, Tak
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pua District, Nan
  • Umphang District, Tak

Range map of Hebius deschauenseei in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits and Parinya Pawangkhanant for their help with many range data.

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