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Snakes of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Rice paddy snake

In Thai: งูปลิง, ngu pling

Binomial name: Hypsiscopus plumbea, Heinrich Boie, 1827

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

Geographic range

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


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


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


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

Hypsiscopus plumbea

Common names

  • German: Olivfarbene Wassertrugnatter
  • English:
    • Boie’s mud snake
    • Rice paddy snake
    • Plumbeous water snake
    • Yellow-bellied water snake
  • Thai: งูปลิง, ngu pling


  • Enhydris plumbea, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Enhydris plumbea, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Hypsiscopus plumbea, John C. Murphy & Harold Knight Voris (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)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


Hypsiscopus plumbea
Hypsiscopus plumbea

Range Map

Distribution map of Rice paddy snake, Hypsiscopus plumbea in Thailand
  • Ban Dan Lan Hoi District, Sukhothai
  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Doi Pha Mueang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaeng Tana National Park
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khuan Khanun District, Phatthalung
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Mae Yom National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son
  • Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Mueang Nakhon Sawan District, Nakhon Sawan
  • Mueang Nongbua Lamphu District, Nong Bua Lamphu
  • Mueang Phichit District, Phichit
  • Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Mueang Saraburi District, Saraburi
  • Non Sa-at District, Udon Thani
  • Nong Hin District, Loei
  • Nong Phai District, Phetchabun
  • Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi
  • Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Pakham District, Buriram
  • Phimai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Prachantakham District, Prachinburi
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Sam Sung District, Khon Kaen
  • Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat
  • Ta Phraya National Park
  • Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
  • Tham Pha Tha Phon Non-Hunting Area
  • Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
  • Thung Yai District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • U Thong District, Suphan Buri
  • Ubolratana District, Khon Kaen
  • Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Wang Saphung District, Loei
  • Watthana Nakhon District, Sa Kaeo
Range map of Hypsiscopus plumbea in Thailand