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Species of Thailand

Banded wolf snake

In Thai: งูปล้องฉนวนเมืองเหนือ (ngu plong cha nuan mueng neua)

Binomial name: Lycodon fasciatus, John Anderson, 1879

Lycodon fasciatus, commonly known as the banded wolf snake, is a species of colubrid snake.

Distribution

It is found in India (Assam), Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Tibet, SW China (from Yunnan and Guangxi to Hubei, northward to Shaanxi and Gansu, Fujian, Sichuan).

Description

Adults may attain 53 cm (21 inches) in total length, with a tail 11 cm (4¼ inches) long.

Its color pattern consists of broad purplish-black rings which encircle its body and are separated by yellowish or reddish intervals. The first black ring does not encircle the neck.

The dorsal scales are in 17 rows, weakly keeled anteriorly, the keels becoming more pronounced posteriorly. The ventrals are 205-213; the anal is entire; and the divided subcaudals are 77-90.

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Scientific classification

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

Common names

  • German: Gebänderte Wolfszahnnatter
  • English: Banded wolf snake
  • Thai: งูปล้องฉนวนเมืองเหนือ (ngu plong cha nuan mueng neua)

Synonyms

  • Lycodon fasciatus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, Gernot Vogel & Jian Luo (2011)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, Benedetto Lanza (1999)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Dinodon yunnanensis, Franz Werner (1922)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, Frank Wall (1908)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, George Albert Boulenger (1893)
  • Lycodon fasciatus, George Albert Boulenger (1890)
  • Ophites fasciatus, John Anderson (1879)

Photos

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Lycodon fasciatus
Lycodon fasciatus
Lycodon fasciatus

Range Map

Distribution map of Banded wolf snake, Lycodon fasciatus in Thailand
Range map of Lycodon fasciatus in Thailand