Species of Thailand
White-spotted slug snake
Thai: งูกินทากจุดขาว, ngu gin thaag jud khao
Binomial name: Pareas margaritophorus, Giorgio Jan, 1866
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.
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.
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.
Spotted slug snakes feed on the following invertebrates:
It found in India (Darjeeling), Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Northwest Malaysia and South China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong).
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- Pareas margaritophorus
- German: Weissflecken-Schneckennatter
- English: Spotted slug snake
- Thai: งูกินทากจุดขาว, ngu gin thaag jud khao
- Pareas macularius, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
- Pareas margaritophorus, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
- Pareas macularius, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
- Pareas margaritophorus, 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)
- Pareas margaritophorus, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
- Pareas margaritophorus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
- Pareas macularius, Indraneil Das (1996)
- Dipsas margaritophorus, Nguyen & Ho (1996)
- Pareas macularius, Edward Harrison Taylor (1965)
- Pareas macularius, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
- Pareas margaritophorus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
- Amblycephalus tamdaoensis, René Léon Bourret (1935)
- Amblycephalus modestus, Frank Wall (1909)
- Amblycephalus andersoni, Frank Wall (1908)
- Pareas andersonii, George Albert Boulenger (1888)
- Pares moellendorffi, Oskar Boettger (1885)
- Pareas margaritophorus, William Theobald (1876)
- Pareas macularius, William Theobald (1868)
- Pareas modestus, William Theobald (1868)
- Leptognathus margaritophorus, Giorgio Jan (1866)
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- Bo Kluea District, Nan
- Doi Ang Khang
- Doi Chiang Dao
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Phu Kha National Park
- Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
- Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
- Kaeng Krachan National Park
- Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
- Khao Luang National Park
- Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khao Yai National Park
- Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khok Pho District, Pattani
- Mae On District, Chiang Mai
- Mae Yom National Park
- Na Yong District, Trang
- Nam Nao National Park
- Namtok Phlio National Park
- Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi
- Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phu Kradueng National Park
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pua District, Nan
- Sai Yok National Park
- Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
- Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi
- Tha Song Yang District, Tak
- Thong Pha Phum National Park
- Waeng District, Narathiwat
- Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
Range map of Pareas margaritophorus in Thailand
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Special thanks to Ton Smits and Parinya Pawangkhanant for their help with many range data.
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