Species of Thailand

White-spotted slug snake

Pareas margaritophorus, Giorgio Jan, 1866

(In Thai: งูกินทากจุดขาว, ngu gin thaag jud khao)

The spotted slug snake (also known as the white-spotted slug snake or mountain slug snake; Pareas margaritophorus) is a small, harmless species of snake that is rather common and feeds on small invertebrates.

Characteristics

Spotted slug snakes are forest-dwellers that are about small to medium sized. They have fangs that are located on their lower jaw in which they can use to remove the snail from their shells to eat. They have blunt heads that are wider than their actual body width. It averages about 47 cm in length and can be spotted by its collar that can be yellow or orange with a grey or brown body. It also has black scales with a pale underside with dark spots.

Habits

The Spotted slug snake is a nocturnal species that is active on the forest floor or on shallow vegetation that are usually found in lowland or lower mountain forests that are at the elevation of 1500 meters.

Diet

Spotted slug snakes feed on the following invertebrates:

  • snails
  • slugs
  • earthworms

Distribution

It found in India (Darjeeling), Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Northwest Malaysia and South China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong).

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Pareas
Species
Pareas margaritophorus

Common names

  • German: Weissflecken-Schneckennatter
  • English: White-spotted slug snake
  • Thai: งูกินทากจุดขาว, ngu gin thaag jud khao

Synonyms

  • Pareas margaritophorus, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Pareas macularius, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Pareas margaritophorus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Pareas macularius, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Pareas macularius, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Pareas macularius, Guo & Deng (2008)
  • Pareas macularius, Romulus Whitaker & Ashok Captain (2004)
  • Pareas margaritophorus, Thomas Ziegler (2002)
  • Pareas macularius, H. Hermann Schleich & Werner Kästle (2000)
  • Pareas macularius, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Pareas margaritophorus
White-spotted slug snake
Pareas margaritophorus (yellow nape)
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Pareas margaritophorus
Pareas margaritophorus

Range Map

Distribution map of White-spotted slug snake, Pareas margaritophorus in Thailand
  • Ban Kruat District, Buriram
  • Betong District, Yala
  • Bo Kluea District, Nan
  • Chawang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dan Sai District, Loei
  • Doi Ang Khang
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Doi Tung
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kantharalak District, Sisaket
  • Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
  • Khao Kho District, Phetchabun
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai Da
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khok Pho District, Pattani
  • Khuan Don District, Satun
  • Lan Saka District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Mae On District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Yom National Park
  • Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Mueang Phatthalung District, Phatthalung
  • Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani
  • Mueang Trang District, Trang
  • Na Thawi District, Songkhla
  • Na Yong District, Trang
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Namtok Phlio National Park
  • Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi
  • Omkoi District, Chiang Mai
  • Pa Bon District, Phatthalung
  • Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Pathio District, Chumphon
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pluak Daeng District, Rayong
  • Pua District, Nan
  • Ron Phibun District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi
  • Sai Yok National Park
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Sawi District, Chumphon
  • Srinagarindra District, Phatthalung
  • Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi
  • Suwannakhuha District, Nong Bua Lamphu
  • Tha Chang District, Surat Thani
  • Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Tha Song Yang District, Tak
  • Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
  • Thepha District, Songkhla
  • Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi
  • Thong Pha Phum National Park
  • Thung Yai District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Waeng District, Narathiwat
  • Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
Range map of Pareas margaritophorus in Thailand