Species of Thailand
Common mock viper
Thai: งูหมอก, ngu mok
Binomial name: Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Heinrich Boie, 1827
Psammodynastes pulverulentus, the common mock viper, is a species of snake native to Asia. It is one of the few snake species to possess three hemipenes.
Mock viper is a small snake (total length up to 65 cm, less in males), but it will form defensive coils and strike in viper-like fashion when threatened.
The common mock viper is known from Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China (Fujian, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan), Hong Kong, NE India (Assam, Sikkim, Darjelling;Jalpaiguri; Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh), Bhutan, Indonesia (Bali, Bangka, Borneo, Butung, Enggano, Flores, Java, Kalimantan, Komodo, Lombok, Mentawai Archipelago, Natuna Archipelago, Padar, Riau Archipelago, Rinca, Sangihe Archipelago, Sulawesi, Sula Archipelago, Sumatra, Sumba, Sumbawa, Togian Archipelago), Laos, Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia, Pulau Tioman), Nepal, the Philippines (Balabac, Basilan, Bohol, Bongao, Busuanga, Dinagat, Jolo, Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Polillo, Samar), Taiwan, Thailand (incl. Phuket), and Vietnam.
Subspecies Psammodynastes pulverulentus papenfussi is endemic to Taiwan.
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Among many of its mimicing abilities the most interesting one is that when threatened, Psammodynastes pulverulentus changes the shape of its pupils to look like a viper.
Videos of Common mock viper
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus
- Gewöhnliche Scheinviper
- Gewöhnliche Falschviper
- English: Common mock viper
- Thai: งูหมอก, ngu mok
P. p. papenfussi, Ermi Zhao, 1995
P. p. pulverulentus, Friedrich Boie, 1827
Range: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, NE India, Bhutan, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Philippine Islands, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia.
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
- Psamodynastes pulverulentus, Indraneil Das et al. (2009)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus papenfussi, Javier A. Rodriguez-Robles et al. (2003)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Thomas Ziegler (2002)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus papenfussi, Ermi Zhao (1995)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1907)
- Anisodon lilljeborgi, Rosen (1905)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, George Albert Boulenger (1896)
- Lycodon bairdii, Franz Steindachner (1867)
- Psammophis floresianus, Pieter Bleeker (1860)
- Psammophis floresianus, Pieter Bleeker (1859)
- Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
- Dipsas ferruginea, Edward Blyth (1856)
- Psammophis pulverulentus, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)
- Dipsas ferruginea, Theodore Edward Cantor (1839)
- Psammophis pulverulenta, Heinrich Boie in Friedrich Boie (1827)
- Ban Na San District, Surat Thani
- Bang Lamung District, Chonburi
- Chae Son National Park
- Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Khun Tan National Park
- Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai
- Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
- Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Huai Nam Dang National Park
- Kaeng Krachan National Park
- Kathu District, Phuket
- Khao Kho District, Phetchabun
- Khao Luang National Park
- Khao Saming District, Trat
- Khao Sok National Park
- Khao Yai National Park
- Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
- Mu Ko Chang National Park
- Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
- Mueang Pan District, Lampang
- Nam Nao National Park
- Namtok Phlio National Park
- Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Pang Sida National Park
- Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
- Phu Kradueng National Park
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phuket Province
- Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Sai Yok National Park
- Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
- Si Racha District, Chonburi
- Tat Ton National Park
- Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
- Thung Song District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Umphang District, Tak
- Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima
Range map of Psammodynastes pulverulentus in Thailand
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