Tay Minh Water Snake
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.
Longhead Water Snake (Enhydris longicauda) has a longer head, is only found in Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia.
Interesting facts: This species is only found in the Mekong Delta, though previous taxonomic confusion previously led to the thought that is was more widespread.