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Species of Thailand

Ashy kukri snake

Binomial name: Oligodon cinereus (Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1864)

Günther's Kukri Snake or Ashy Kukri Snake Oligodon cinereus is a species of snake.


Nasal divided; portion of rostral seen from above as long as its distance from tho frontal or a little shorter; suture between the internasals usually shorter than that between the prefrontals: frontal as long as its distance from the end of the snout, as long as the parietals; loreal usually longer than deep; preocular single, usually with a small subocular below, between the third and fourth labials ; one or two postoculars ; temporals 1+2; upper labials 8, fourth and fifth entering the eye, 3 or 4 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields; posterior chin-shields one half or loss than one half the size of the anterior. Scales in 17 rows. ventrals 160-l8O (196); anal undivided; subcaudals 34-39. Pale brown, purplish or reddish above; markings on the head very indistinct; uniform above and below. Total length 30 inches; tail 3.


India (Assam; Arunachal Pradesh (Miao - Changlang district, Chessa, Chimpu), Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, N West Malaysia, Borneo China (westward to Yunnan, incl. Hong Kong and Hainan).

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Scientific classification

Oligodon cinereus

Common names

  • German: Graue Kukrinatter
  • English: Günther's kukri snake, Ashy kukri snake


  • Oligodon cinereus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Oligodon cinereus, Bryan L. Stuart et al. (2006)
  • Oligodon cinereus, Indraneil Das (1996)
  • Oligodon swinhonis tamdaoensis, Liu et Hu et al. (1973)
  • Oligodon cinereus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1940)
  • Holarchus violaceus tamdaoensis, René Léon Bourret (1935)
  • Holarchus violaceus swinhonis, R. Mell (1931)
  • Holarchus dolleyanus, Edward Drinker Cope (1895)
  • Simotes violaceus, George Albert Boulenger (1890)
  • Simotes semifasciatus, John Anderson (1871)
  • Simotes multifasciatus, Giorgio Jan (1865)
  • Simotes cinereus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Simotes swinhonis, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)

Ashy kukri snake is found in following locations in Thailand

Please note that this non-official list is not complete nor necessarily accurate. This list is a summary of checklists from other websites, blogs, publications, photo/videos published on various websites or our own findings. We appreciate your contributions with photo proof.

  • Chiang Dao Mountain
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station

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Distribution map of Ashy kukri snake, Oligodon cinereus in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Mountain
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station

Range map of Oligodon cinereus in Thailand

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