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Keeled slug snake

In Thai: งูกินทากเกล็ดสัน, ngu gin thaag gled sann

Binomial name: Pareas carinatus, Heinrich Boie, 1828

The keeled slug-eating snake, Pareas carinatus, is a species of snake in the Colubridae family. It is relatively widespread in Southeast Asia, from southern China (Yunnan) to Burma and Indochina to the Malay Archipelago (Borneo, Java, Lombok, Sumatra, Bali). Two subspecies are recognized: P. c. carinatus and P. c. unicolor, the latter being confined to Cambodia.

Keeled slug-eating snakes live in or near forests. They are nocturnal and mostly arboreal, and as the common name suggests, they feed exclusively on snails and slugs. They are oviparous.

While the species is negatively affected by forest destruction, IUCN considers these effects to be localized and not threatening the species.

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Scientific classification

Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Pareas
Species
Pareas carinatus

Common names

  • German: Gekielte Schneckennatter
  • English:
    • Keeled slug snake
    • Keeled slug-eating snake
  • Thai: งูกินทากเกล็ดสัน, ngu gin thaag gled sann

Subspecies

  • Pareas carinatus carinatus, Heinrich Boie, 1830

  • Pareas carinatus unicolor, René Léon Bourret, 1934

Synonyms

  • Pareas carinatus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Pareas carinatus unicolor, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Pareas carinatus carinatus, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Pareas carinatus, Karl Patterson Schmidt & Kunz (2005)
  • Pareas carinatus carinatus, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Pareas carinatus, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Pareas carinatus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Pareas carinatus carinatus, Georg Haas (1950)
  • Pareas carinatus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Amblycephalus carinatus, Felix Kopstein (1936)
  • Pareas carinatus unicolor, René Léon Bourret (1934)
  • Amblycephalus carinatus, Norman Smedley (1931)
  • Amblycephalus carinatus carinatus, Robert Mertens (1930)
  • Pareas carinatus, Doris Mable Cochran (1930)
  • Amblycephalus carinatus, Nelly de Rooij (1917)
  • Leptognathus carinatus, Giorgio Jan (1863)
  • Pareas carinata, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)
  • Dipsas carinata, Hermann Schlegel (1837)
  • Pareas carinata, Johann Georg Wagler (1830)
  • Pareas carinatus carinatus, Friedrich Boie (1828)
  • Amblycephalus carinatus, Heinrich Boie (1828)

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Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

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Range Map

Distribution map of Keeled slug snake, Pareas carinatus in Thailand
Range map of Pareas carinatus in Thailand