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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Black-banded keelback

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

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


  • 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)
Rhabdophis nigrocinctus

Rhabdophis nigrocinctus

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Rhabdophis nigrocinctus (by Lukas Ackermann)

Rhabdophis nigrocinctus (by Lukas Ackermann)


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

Range map of Rhabdophis nigrocinctus in Thailand

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