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Rainbow Water Snake

Rainbow water snake is a species of snake found only in Asia. It is a rear-fanged species and mildly venomous.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Homalopsinae
    Genus Enhydris
    Scientific Name Enhydris enhydris

    Other Names Rainbow Mud Snake, Striped Water Snake
    Length Up to 81 cm
    Color Medium-brown to greenish brown body color with head and neck more olive than the body; two pale stripes running down the length of the body and tail on both sides of the vertebral line, converging on the crown; white to yellow underside with dark stripes or dots running down the center of belly
    Distribution Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia  Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam
    Habitat Slow moving aquatic habitats including marshlands, rural ponds, rice paddies, canals, ditches
    Diet Mainly fish; also feed on lizards and frogs
    Venom Fact Mildly venomous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on April 24th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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