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Red-Necked Keelback

Previously considered as non-poisonous, the Red-Necked Keelback snakes have been reclassified, following a couple of deadly attacks, as a dangerous species. They are widely distributed throughout the southern and south-east Asian countries. However, being rear-fanged, they need to give repeated bites to inflict fatal doses to humans.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Natricinae
    Genus Rhabdophis
    Scientific Name R. subminiatus


    Length 27.5 to 35.5 in
    Color Greenish hue with red and yellow regions near the head
    Distribution India (West Bengal (Jalpaiguri district), Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh (Chimpu, Itanagar – Papum Pare district)), Mizoram (Selesih, World Bank Road), Indonesia (Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, West Malaysia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Hong Kong, Hainan), Bangladesh, Hong Kong, LaosMyanmarNorth and South Vietnam
    Habitat Near ponds and marsh areas
    Diet Frogs, fish
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 7 to 15 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

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    Published on December 17th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 10th June 2019.

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