Rhabdophis nigrocinctus (Green Keelback)
[Last Updated: 26 November 2019]
Thai: (noo ly sab keow kwan dam)
Appearance: Green snake (งูเขียว) with thin black bands down the length of the body, a pink and red neck and head with strong black diagonal lines from the eyes – similar to other Thailand keelbacks.
Length: Up to 90 cm
Habitat / Range: Thailand and Southeast Asia. Found in a range of areas, usually fairly close to water. This snake is terrestrial – ground-based, and is very common in Phuket, Thailand and Phang Nga, and across much of Thailand. Here in Krabi, I have never seen one.
Notes: These snakes are commonly found near water, lakes, ponds, and gardens.
Active Time? Daylight hours, especially dawn and dusk near water.
Food: Frogs, poisonous Bufo toads, and fish.
Defensive Behavior: Rarely strike.
Venom Toxicity: Though this snake is not known to have caused medically significant bites with envenomation, it is closely related to Rhabdophis subminiatus which has proven capable of deadly bites. Do be very careful and treat these snakes as venomous and potentially deadly.
Offspring: Nothing known.
Green Keelback Scientific Classification:
Species: Rhabdophis nigrocinctus