Yellow-spotted keelback

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Yellow-spotted keelback
Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Common keelback - Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi (35170337062).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Xenochrophis
Species: X. flavipunctatus
Binomial name
Xenochrophis flavipunctatus
(Hallowell, 1860)

The yellow-spotted keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, is a species of colubrid snake found in India, Thailand, China, West Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, and Kalimantan)[2] Its type locality is: Island of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) and Canton River?, China[2]

IUCN includes Taiwan in the range of X. flavipunctatus, but excludes India, Malaysia, and Indonesia.[1]

X. f. schnurrenbergeri of Nepal is now considered an independent species, Xenochrophis schnurrenbergeri.[1]

Habitat and behaviour[edit]

X. flavipunctatus is a semiaquatic snake that occurs in slow rivers and streams, marshes, swamps, ponds, and lakes. It thrives also in wet human-modified habitats, including rice fields and ditches. It feeds on fish and frogs.[1] It is diurnal.[2]

Relations with humans[edit]

X. flavipunctatus is exploited in parts of it range to support snake farms and pigs and for use in snake wine.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Stuart, B.; Wogan, G. & Grismer, L. (2012). "Xenochrophis flavipunctatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Xenochrophis flavipunctatus at the Reptile Database. Accessed 28 October 2012.
  • Hallowell, E.; 1861 "Report upon the Reptilia of the North Pacific Exploring Expedition, under command of Capt. John Rogers, U.S.N." Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 12 [1860]: 480 - 510