Colubridae-3-H-L-Check list snakes northern Thailand

Colubridae-3-H-L-Check list snakes northern Thailand: snakes in the genera Liopeltis (ring necks) and Lycodon (wolf snakes).

Liopeltis spec.
Liopeltis spec.


Lycodon capucinus
, the House Wolf Snake (above) is a brown snake with a pale yellow reticulation that can reach a length of 70 cm. Usually a collar is distinct at the back side of the head. The belly is white. It is a common snake in deciduous forest throughout the region. A. An adult individual on wet road at night, Tha Song Yang District, Tak. B. A juvenile specimen from Ko Samui, Surat Thani, South Thailand (Thanks to Johan van Rooijen for this picture!). C. An individual from Pang Mapha District, Mae Hong Son (Thanks to Little Eden for this picture!). D. Same specimen as in A.
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Lycodon fasciatus, the Mountain Wolf Snake (above)

Lycodon laoensis, the Lao Wolf Snake (above) is a shining black snake with yellow bands that reaches a length of 600 cm. The belly is white. It is common in deciduous forest and cultivated land at elevations below 700 m throughout the region. A & E. A specimen from Mueang District, Chiang Mai. B, C & D. An individual from Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai.

Lycodon subcinctus, the Malayan Banded Wolf Snake (above) is a slender, black-and-white banded snake that reaches a length of 90 cm. In aldult specimens the white bands on the posterior half of body and the tail usually fade away due to deposition of black grains. In northern Thailand is a locally common snake in deciduous forest and cultivated land at elevations below 600 m. 1-2. A specimen from Mueang District, Chiang Mai. 3-4. A subadult from Chat Trakan District, Phitsanulok.