Thai National Parks

Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Black-banded keelback

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


  • 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)

Black-banded keelback is found in following locations in Thailand

Please note that this non-official list is not complete nor necessarily accurate. This list is a summary of checklists from other websites, blogs, publications, photo/videos published on various websites or our own findings. We appreciate your contributions with photo proof.

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

Range map of Rhabdophis nigrocinctus in Thailand

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