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Banded Kukri Snake

01 May

Oligodon fasciolatus

Banded Kukri Snake (Oligodon fasciolatus) khao yai thailand

Banded Kukri Snake found in Khao Yai (photo courtesy of Bernard DuPont)

Banded Kukri Snake (Oligodon fasciolatus) khao yai thailand

Head shot of Banded Kukri Snake (photo courtesy of Bernard DuPont)

Oligodon fasciolatus Michael Cota_files

Banded Kukri Snake found in Thailand (photo courtesy of Michael Cota)

Sattahip District Ray Hamilton Banded Kukri Snake

Banded Kukri Snake found in Chonburi Province (photo courtesy of Ray Hamilton)

Banded Kukri Snake Oligodon fasciolatus found on path

Banded Kukri Snake found on running path at night in Chatuchak

Banded Kukri Snake Oligodon fasciolatus side view

Side view of Banded Kukri Snake

Banded Kukri Snake Oligodon fasciolatus head shot

Banded Kukri Snake head shot

Juvenile Banded Kukri Snake (Oligodon fasciolatus)

Juvenile Banded Kukri Snake found under log in Chatachuk

Juvenile Banded Kukri Snake (Oligodon fasciolatus) in defensive position

Juvenile Banded Kukri Snake in defensive position

banded kukri Oligodon fasciolatus

Banded Kukri Snake at the Queen Saovabha Snake Farm

English name: Banded Kukri Snake
Scientific name: Oligodon fasciolatus
Thai name: Ngu Pi-kaeo Lai Tae

Description: To 88 cm long. One of the largest kukri snakes, the Banded Kukri Snake is fairly robust with a short head. Its body can be either brown, yellowish-olive, red, or gray. Dark blotches are found on the body at wide intervals, separated by small dark crossbars which in some individuals diffuse into a reticulated pattern. The head has an eyestripe that runs through both eyes and all the way down below the jaw, as well as another pair of marks extending behind the eyes. The underbelly is reddish when the snake is young, but fades to white by adulthood.

Similar Species: Striped Kukri Snake has stripes rather than transverse bands.
Common Wolf Snake has indistinct white bands and a yellowish collar around the neck.
Asian Water Snakes (subfamily Homalopsinae) have thicker bodies and broader heads.

Habitat: Evergreen forest, parks, and agriculture.

Contribution to the ecosystem: Will feed on eggs, lizards, frogs, and small rodents. Provides food for larger snakes.

Danger to humans: No danger to humans.

Conservation status and threats: No known conservation threats.

Interesting facts: Kukri snakes have sharp rear teeth that are specially modified to slice open bird, lizard, turtle, and snake eggs, which form an important part of their diet.

References:
Nature Malaysia: Banded Kukri Snake
Thailand Office of Environmental Planning and Policy: A Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Thailand
A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia

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