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Yellow-spotted keelback

Thai: งูลายสอบ้าน, ngu lai sor baan

Binomial name: Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Edward Hallowell, 1860

The yellow-spotted keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, is a species of colubrid snake found in

India, Thailand, China, West Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, and Kalimantan) Its type locality is: Island of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) and Canton River?, China

IUCN includes Taiwan in the range of X. flavipunctatus, but excludes India, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

X. f. schnurrenbergeri of Nepal is now considered an independent species, Xenochrophis schnurrenbergeri.

Habitat and behaviour

X. flavipunctatus is a semiaquatic snake that occurs in slow rivers and streams, marshes, swamps, ponds, and lakes. It thrives also in wet human-modified habitats, including rice fields and ditches. It feeds on fish and frogs. It is diurnal.

Relations with humans

X. flavipunctatus is exploited in parts of it range to support snake farms and pigs and for use in snake wine.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Colubridae
Genus
Xenochrophis
Species
Xenochrophis flavipunctatus

Common names

  • German: Gelbflecken-Fischnatter
  • English:
    • Common keelback
    • Yellow-spotted keelback
  • Thai:
    • งูลายสอบ้าน, ngu lai sor baan
    • งูลายสอสวน, ngu lai sor suan

Synonyms

  • Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Patrick David & Gernot Vogel (2006)
  • Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Olivier S.G. Pauwels et al. (2000)
  • Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Natrix piscator flavipunctata, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Amphiesma flavipunctatum, Edward Hallowell (1860)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Xenochrophis flavipunctatus

Xenochrophis flavipunctatus

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Xenochrophis flavipunctatus

Xenochrophis flavipunctatus

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Distribution map of Yellow-spotted keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus in Thailand
  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Bang Mun Nak District, Phichit
  • Bang Saphan District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Bueng Sam Phan District, Phetchabun
  • Cha-Am District, Phetchaburi
  • Dan Makham Tia District, Kanchanaburi
  • Dong Charoen District, Phichit
  • Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Krachao District, Kanchanaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khao Yoi District, Phetchaburi
  • Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani
  • Khong Chai District, Kalasin
  • Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi
  • Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi
  • Mueang Rayong District, Rayong
  • Mueang Sa Kaeo District, Sa Kaeo
  • Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani
  • Nang Rong District, Buriram
  • Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi
  • Pak Tho District, Ratchaburi
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Prachantakham District, Prachinburi
  • San Sai District, Chiang Mai
  • Saraphi District, Chiang Mai
  • Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi
  • Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
  • Thai Charoen District, Yasothon
  • Thap Lan National Park
  • Watthana Nakhon District, Sa Kaeo
  • Wichian Buri District, Phetchabun

Range map of Xenochrophis flavipunctatus 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 and Parinya Pawangkhanant for their help with many range data.

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