(Page Updated: 6 September 2016)
Homalopsis buccata (Puff-faced Water Snake)
Thai – (ngu hua galog, ngu leuam ao)
Size – Maximum about 120 centimeters. The young are very thin – like a pencil. The adults are thick – like a forearm or even a human leg.
Range – all over Thailand and almost always beside or in water: Pools, streams, rivers, puddles, lakes. They are not found on hills or mountains.
Food – fish, frogs, tadpoles primarily.
Behavior – The water snake Homalopsis buccata lives in fresh and salty mixed with fresh – brackish water. These snakes live in and near any body of water – natural or man-made. Puff Faced Watersnakes are found almost always in the water or on the bank. Small holes in the bank are often ‘home’. This snake is primarily active at night, but I have found 2 of them during the day time. eds on fish, frogs and frog spawn.
Young – born alive without eggs. Coloration – orange and black bands. Adults are darker orange and even grey color without any orange.
Danger – I’ve had a couple of these snakes and they don’t seem to bite at all. Not saying they never do, but I think their temperament is nice and calm.
Range – Bangladesh; Myanmar, Cambodia; Thailand; Vietnam; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Singapore; India; Nepal; Pulau Bangka
Homalopsis buccata – Puff-faced Water Snake
Puff-faced Water Snake Scientific classification
Species: H. buccata
Classification by Linnaeus in 1758
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