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Khasi Hills keelback

Thai: งูลายสาบภูเขาสีน้ำตาล, ngu lai saap phukhao see namdtan

Binomial name: Hebius khasiense, George Albert Boulenger, 1890

Amphiesma khasiense, commonly known as the Khasi Hills keelback, is a species of colubrid snake endemic to Asia.

Geographic range

It is found in parts of China (Tibet, Yunnan), India (primarily in the province of Assam), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Description

It is a reddish brown snake with a white transverse bar running across the supralabial scales.

The dorsal scales are in 19 rows, rather strongly keeled, except for the smooth outer row. The ventrals number 150-154, the subcaudals 80-100. The anal plate is divided.

Adults are about 60 cm (23½ in.) total length, of which about 19 cm (7½ in.) is tail.

Diet

The Khasi Hills keelback's nutritional intake consists primarily of toads.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Subphylum
Vertebrata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Hebius
Species
Hebius khasiense

Common names

  • German: Khasi Hills Gebirgswassernatter
  • English:
    • Khasi Hills keelback
    • Khasi Mountain keelback
  • Thai:
    • งูลายสาบภูเขาสีน้ำตาล, ngu lai saap phukhao see namdtan
    • งูลายสาบภูเขาอินเดีย, ngu lai saap phukhao India

Synonyms

  • Amphiesma khasiense, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Hebius khasiense, Peng Guo et al. (2014)
  • Amphiesma khasiense, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Amphiesma cf. khasiense, Larry Lee Grismer et al. (2007)
  • Amphiesma khasiense, Thomas Ziegler et al. (2006)
  • Amphiesma khasiensis, R. C. Sharma (2004)
  • Amphiesma khasiensis, Indraneil Das (1996)
  • Paranatrix modesta, Mahendra (1984)
  • Amphiesma khasiensis, E. V. Malnate (1960)
  • Natrix khasiensis, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Natirx gilhodesi, Frank Wall (1925)
  • Natirx gihodesi, Frank Wall (1925)
  • Natrix khasiensis, Frank Wall (1923)
  • Tropidonotus khasiensis, Frank Wall (1908)
  • Tropidonotus khasiensis, George Albert Boulenger (1893)
  • Tropidonotus khasiensis, George Albert Boulenger (1890)
Hebius khasiense

Hebius khasiense

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Hebius khasiense

Hebius khasiense

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Distribution map of Khasi Hills keelback, Hebius khasiense in Thailand

Range map of Hebius khasiense in Thailand

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

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