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Speckle-bellied keelback

Binomial name: Rhabdophis chrysargos (Hermann Schlegel, 1837)

The specklebelly keelback (Rhabdophis chrysargos) is a species of colubrid snake found in southeast Asia.

  • Food : Lizards, small mammals and birds
  • Size : max 600 mm
  • Distribution : Borneo, Sumatra, java, Bali
  • Habitat : Various forest
  • Poison : Harmless

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Scientific classification

Rhabdophis chrysargos

Common names

  • German: Gefleckte Wassernatter
  • English: Specklebelly keelback, Speckle-bellied keelback, Southern water snake
  • Thai: งูลายสาบจุดดำขาว


  • Rhabdophis chrysargos, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargos, Thomas Ziegler (2002)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargus [sic], Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargus sic, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargos, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Rhabdophis chrysarga, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Denzer (1982)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargus, Alice Georgie Cruickshank Grandison (1978)
  • Natrix chrysarga, John Roscoe Hendrickson (1966)
  • Rhabdophis chrysarga, E. V. Malnate (1960)
  • Natrix chrysarga, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargus chrysargus, René Léon Bourret (1936)
  • Natrix crysarga (sic), Robert Mertens (1934)
  • Natrix chrysarga, Norman Smedley (1932)
  • Rhabdophis chrysargus, Frank Wall (1923)
  • Tropidonotus chrysargus, Theodorus Willem van Lidth de Jeude (1922)
  • Tropidonotus chrysargus, Frank Wall (1909)
  • Natrix chrysarga, Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1907)
  • Tropidonotus chrysargus, George Albert Boulenger (1893)
  • Tropidonotus maculatus var. torquatus, François Mocquard (1890)
  • Tropidonotus (Amphiesma) chrysargus var. juncea, Oskar Boettger (1887)
  • Tropidonotus chrysargos, Johann Gustav Fischer (1885)
  • Tropidonotus (Amphiesma) chrysargus, Oskar Boettger (1883)
  • Tropidonotus junceus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Amphiesma chrysargos, Giorgio Jan (1863)
  • Tropidonotus chrysargus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
  • Tropidonotus junceus, Edward Blyth (1856)
  • Amphiesma chrysargum, André Marie Constant Duméril, Gabriel Bibron & Auguste Duméril (1854)
  • Leptophis albomaculatus, André Marie Constant Duméril, Gabriel Bibron & Auguste Duméril (1854)
  • Tropidonotus junceus, Theodore Edward Cantor (1847)
  • Tropidonotus chrysargos, Hermann Schlegel (1837)
  • Natrix chrysargus, H. Boie in Friedrich Boie (1827)

Speckle-bellied keelback is found in following locations in Thailand

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Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Rhabdophis chrysargos

Rhabdophis chrysargos

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Specklebelly keelback

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Distribution map of Speckle-bellied keelback, Rhabdophis chrysargos in Thailand

Range map of Rhabdophis chrysargos in Thailand

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