Reptiles and Amphibians of Bangkok

Central Thailand's Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, and Frogs

Tay Minh Water Snake

Enhydris innominata

Tay Minh Water Snake Enhydris innominata
Tay Minh Water Snake trapped in Vietnam (photo by Alex Krohn)

Maurice's Water Snake Enhydris innominata
Tay Minh Water Snake (photo by Alex Krohn)

Mekong Delta Water Snake Enhydris innominata
Tay Minh Water Snake from above (photo by Alex Krohn)

Tay Minh Water Snake Enhydris innominata
Tay Minh Water Snake head shot (photo by Alex Krohn)

English name: Tay Minh Water Snake (aka “Mekong Delta Water Snake”, “Maurice’s Water Snake”)
Scientific name: Enhydris innominata
Thai name: Ngu Sai-rung Dam

Description: To 70cm long. A short, thick snake. Head is short and small eyes are positioned on the top. Body is grayish-brown to dark brown with black blotches in a line down the lighter-brown sides. Underbelly is pale.

Similar Species: Jagor’s Water Snake is very similar in appearance, but is not found in the Mekong Delta. Scale counts may be necessary to tell them apart.
Longhead Water Snake (Enhydris longicauda) is also difficult to distinguish but is only found in Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia.

Interesting facts: This species is only found in the Mekong Delta, though due to taxonomic confusion it was previously thought to be more widespread.

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