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Species of Thailand

Black-banded keelback

In Thai: งูลายสาบเขียวขวั้นดำ, ngu lai saap khieow quan damm

Binomial name: Rhabdophis nigrocinctus, Edward Blyth, 1856

The black-striped keelback, green Keelback, banded keelback (Rhabdophis nigrocinctus) is a keelback snake in the family colubridae found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China.

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Site notes

This species has nuchal glands, one of very few species of snakes in the world which is both venomous and poisonous. The only other species in Thailand which has nuchal glands is Rhabdophis subminiatus in same genus.

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Rhabdophis
Species
Rhabdophis nigrocinctus

Common names

  • German: Gebänderte Wassernatter
  • English:
    • Black-striped keelback
    • Banded keelback
    • Black-banded keelback
    • Green keelback
  • Thai: งูลายสาบเขียวขวั้นดำ, ngu lai saap khieow quan damm

Synonyms

  • Rhabdophis nigrocinctus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Rhabdophis nigrocinctus, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Rhabdophis nigrocinctus, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Rhabdophis nigrocinctus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Rhabdophis nigrocincta, E. V. Malnate (1960)
  • Natrix nigrocincta, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Pseudoxenodon fruhstorferi, Franz Werner (1925)
  • Rhabdophis nigrocincta, Frank Wall (1923)
  • Tropidonotus eisenhoferi, Nils Carl Gustaf Fersen Gyldenstolpe (1916)
  • Tropidonotus nigrocinctus, George Albert Boulenger (1893)
  • Tropidonotus nigrocinctus, Edward Blyth (1856)

Photos

Rhabdophis nigrocinctus
Rhabdophis nigrocinctus (juvenile)
Rhabdophis nigrocinctus
Green keelback
Rhabdophis nigrocinctus (by Lukas Ackermann)

Range Map

Distribution map of Black-banded keelback, Rhabdophis nigrocinctus in Thailand
Range map of Rhabdophis nigrocinctus in Thailand