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Tay Minh Water Snake

Enhydris innominata

Tay Minh Water Snake Enhydris innominata

Tay Minh Water Snake trapped in Vietnam (photo courtesy of Alex Krohn)

Maurice's Water Snake Enhydris innominata

Tay Minh Water Snake (photo courtesy of Alex Krohn)

Mekong Delta Water Snake Enhydris innominata

Tay Minh Water Snake from above (photo courtesy of Alex Krohn)

Tay Minh Water Snake Enhydris innominata

Tay Minh Water Snake head shot (photo courtesy of 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.
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.

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