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.

Etymology[edit]

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

Discovery[edit]

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.

Biology[edit]

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

Description[edit]

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]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  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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