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Gonionotus plumbeus (Discoveries in Australia).jpg
Gonionotus plumbeus (syn. Xenodermus javanicus) from John Lort Stokes' 1846 Discoveries in Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Xenodermus
Species: X. X. javanicus
Binomial name
Xenodermus X. javanicus
Reinhardt, 1836

Xenodermus is a genus of caenophidian snakes. It is a monotypic genus, containing only Xenodermus javanicus, also known as the dragonsnake, Javan tubercle snake, Javan mudsnake, or rough-backed litter snake.[2] It is considered to be rare.[3] The snake is fully nocturnal and subsists on a diet of frogs.[4] Their natural range is Thailand, Burma, and Indonesia.[5] Dragonsnakes lay several clutches of 2-4 eggs each year in the rainy season (October–February).


  1. ^ "Dragon Snake". The Reptile Report. 
  2. ^ Genus Xenodermus at The Reptile Database. Accessed 13 January 2008.
  3. ^ Rooij, Nelly de. The Reptiles of the Indo-australian Archipelago. Ii Ophidia with 117 Illustrations. Brill Archive. p. 45. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  4. ^ Various (1936). Bulletin of the Raffles Museum, Issues 12-14. University of Michigan. pp. 172–173. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Xenodermus javanicus REINHARDT, 1836". The Reptile Database. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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