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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Common keelback

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.

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Scientific classification

Xenochrophis flavipunctatus

Common names

  • German: Gelbflecken-Fischnatter
  • English: Common keelback, Yellow-spotted keelback
  • Thai: งูลายสอสวน


  • 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)

Common keelback is found in following locations in Thailand

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Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Common keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus in Thailand

Range map of Xenochrophis flavipunctatus in Thailand

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