Amphiesma leucomystax

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Amphiesma leucomystax
Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Natricinae
Genus: Amphiesma
Species: A. leucomystax
Binomial name
Amphiesma leucomystax
David et al., 2007

Amphiesma leucomystax, commonly known as the white-lipped keelback, is a species of nonvenomous natricine snake native to Vietnam.


The specific name, leucomystax, is Greek for "white mustache.[1]


On September 26, 2007, the World Wide Fund for Nature reported discovery of the species in the region known as the "Green Corridor" of Vietnam's Thừa Thiên–Huế Province.


According to the press release, the snake "tends to live by streams where it catches frogs and other small animals."


It has a beautiful yellow-white stripe that sweeps along its head, and red dots cover its body.

It can reach about 80 centimetres (31½ inches) in length.[2]


  1. ^ The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Thompson, Christian (2008-12-15). "First Contact in the Greater Mekong" (pdf). World Wildlife Fund. Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

Further reading[edit]

  • David, Patrick; Raoul H. Bain; Nguyen Quang Trong; Nikolai L. Orlov; Gernot Vogel; Vu Ngoc Thanh; and Thomas Ziegler. 2007. A new species of the natricine snake genus Amphiesma from the Indochinese Region (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae). Zootaxa 1462: 41-60.

External links[edit]

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