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Species of Thailand

Brown kukri snake

Oligodon purpurascens, Hermann Schlegel, 1837

(In Thai: งูคุด, ngu kout)

Also known as the brown kukri snake, purple kukri snake (Oligodon purpurascens) is a non-venomous species of snake found in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Scientific classification

Oligodon purpurascens

Common names

  • German:
    • Purpur-Kukrinatter
    • Braune-Kukrinatter
  • English:
    • Brown kukri snake
    • Purple kukri snake
  • Thai: งูคุด, ngu kout


  • Oligodon purpurascens, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Oligodon purpurascens, Frank Tillack & Rainer Günther (2010)
  • Oligodon purpurascens kangeanicus, Djoko Tjahjono Iskandar & Mumpuni (2002)
  • Oligodon purpurascens, Robert Frederick Inger & Harold Knight Voris (2001)
  • Oligodon purpuracens, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Oligodon purpurascens, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Oligodon purpurescens, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Olygodon sic purpurascens, Klaus-Dieter Schulz (1988)
  • Oligodon purpurascens, John Roscoe Hendrickson (1966)
  • Oligodon purpurascens kangeanicus, Robert Mertens (1959)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Oligodon purpurascens
Oligodon purpurascens
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Oligodon purpurascens (juvenile) - Kaeng Krachan National Park
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Oligodon purpurascens
Oligodon purpurascens

Range Map

Distribution map of Brown kukri snake, Oligodon purpurascens in Thailand
  • Betong District, Yala
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kathu District, Phuket
  • Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Tha Petch Wildlife Conservation and Developme
  • Khok Pho District, Pattani
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Narathiwat District, Narathiwat
  • Na Thawi District, Songkhla
  • Ngao Waterfall National Park
  • Nopphitam District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Phuket Province
  • Sa Nang Manora Forest Park
  • Saba Yoi District, Songkhla
  • Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi
  • Tak Bai District, Narathiwat
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Than To District, Yala
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Waeng District, Narathiwat
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
Range map of Oligodon purpurascens in Thailand