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Rhabdophis subminiatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Natricinae
Genus: Rhabdophis
Fitzinger, 1843

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Rhabdophis is a genus of snakes, generally called keelback snakes, found primarily in southeast Asia. While the term "poisonous snake" is often used for a wide variety of venomous snakes, some species of Rhabdophis are in fact poisonous. While both venom and poison are toxins, a venom requires direct delivery—for instance intravenously through a snake bite—but can be ingested without harm. A poison can also be absorbed indirectly, e.g. by touch or through the digestive system.[1]


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  1. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/7995002/QI-Quite-Interesting-facts-about-deadly-poisons.html
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Rhabdophis barbouri, p. 16).