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Orangeneck keelback

Thai: งูรังแหหัวแดง, ngu rang hae hua daeng

Binomial name: Rhabdophis flaviceps, André Marie Constant Duméril, Gabriel Bibron & Auguste Duméril, 1854

Rhabdophis flaviceps, the orangeneck keelback, orange-lipped keelback, or yellow-headed keelback, is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. It is found in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

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Scientific classification

Rhabdophis flaviceps

Common names

  • German:
    • Gelbkopf-Kielrückennatter
    • Rotkopf-Kielrückenwassernatter
  • English:
    • Orangeneck keelback
    • Red-headed keelback
    • Yellow-headed keelback
    • Orange-lipped keelback
  • Thai: งูรังแหหัวแดง, ngu rang hae hua daeng


  • Macropisthodon flaviceps, Simon J. Husson et al. (2018)
  • Rhabdophis flaviceps, Hirohiko Takeuchi et al. (2018)
  • Macropisthodon flaviceps, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Macropisthodon flaviceps, Alice Georgie Cruickshank Grandison (1978)
  • Macropisthodon flaviceps, Felix Kopstein (1938)
  • Macropisthodon flaviceps, George Albert Boulenger (1893)
  • Tropidonotus (Amphiesma) flaviceps, Oskar Boettger (1887)
  • Tropidonotus flaviceps, Oskar Boettger (1886)
  • Amphiesma lindmanni, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1872)
  • Amphiesma rufo torquatum, Abraham Carel J. Edeling (1864)
  • Tropidonotus leucomelas, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Amphiesma flaviceps, Giorgio Jan (1863)
  • Amphiesma lindmani, Pieter Bleeker (1857)
  • Amphiesma flaviceps, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Orangeneck keelback, Rhabdophis flaviceps in Thailand
  • Saba Yoi District, Songkhla
  • Thale Ban National Park

Range map of Rhabdophis flaviceps in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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