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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Purple kukri snake

Binomial name: Oligodon purpurascens (Hermann Schlegel, 1837)

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: Purple kukri snake, Brown kukri snake
  • Thai: งูคุด


  • 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)
  • Oligodon purpurascens, Neville Seymour Haile (1958)
  • Oligodon purpurascens purpurascens, Georg Haas (1950)
  • Oligodon purpurascens, Frank Wall (1923)
  • Holarchus purpurascens, Thomas Barbour (1912)
  • Simotes purpurascens var. B, Franz Werner (1900)
  • Simotes purpurascens var. labuanensis, Oskar Boettger (1898)
  • Simotes purpurascens var. trinotata, Oskar Boettger (1898)
  • Dicraulax purpurascens, Edward Drinker Cope (1895)
  • Simotes purpurascens, George Albert Boulenger (1894)
  • Simotes labuanensis, Oskar Boettger (1887)
  • Simotes affinis, Johann Gustav Fischer (1886)
  • Simotes labuanensis, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Simotes dennysi, William Thomas Blanford (1881)
  • Simotes catenifer, Ferdinand Stoliczka (1873)
  • Simotes obscurus, William Theobald (1868)
  • Simotes crassus, William Theobald (1868)
  • Simotes purpurascens var. albocinctus, Giorgio Jan (1865)
  • Simotes trinotatus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Simotes labuanensis, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Simotes purpurascens var., Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
  • Simotes purpurascens, Pieter Bleeker (1857)
  • Calamaria brachyorrhos, James Motley & Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (1855)
  • Simotes tri notatus, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)
  • Simotes albocinctus, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)
  • Xenodon purpurascens, Hermann Schlegel (1839)
  • Xenodon purpurascens, Hermann Schlegel (1837)

Purple 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.

  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Tha Petch Wildlife Conservation and Developme
  • Khok Pho District
  • Tak Bai (Malay: Tabal) District
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Waeng District

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Purple kukri snake, Oligodon purpurascens in Thailand
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Tha Petch Wildlife Conservation and Developme
  • Khok Pho District
  • Tak Bai (Malay: Tabal) District
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Waeng District

Range map of Oligodon purpurascens in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are generated automatically based on very limited data we have about the protected sites, the data is not necessarily accurate. Please help us to improve our range maps by sharing your findings/knowledge.