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Family: Colubridae

Subfamily: Pareatinae (Snail Eating Snakes)

Snake_Pareas carinatus

Map_Thailand_67Picture: J. Bulian

Pareas carinatus (Keeled slug snake)

Thai: ThaiSnakeName-Pareas carinatus (ngu  kin tak gled san)

Size: up to  60 cm

Distribution: Whole Thailand

The Keeled slug snake inhabits mainly the lowlands. Near human settlements, villages or cultivated areas she only rarely can be found. Her main habitat are forests. This snake is active at dusk and at night near the ground where it looks for food. The snake is moving slowly. It feeds on snails and slugs.

This species lays eggs. The females are able to reproduce during the whole year. Clutches contain between 3 and 6 eggs. The newborn are between 15 and 18 cm in length.

The snakes are totally harmless and don’t even try to bite when taken up by hand.

Snake_Pareas margaritophorus

Map_Thailand_67Picture: J. Bulian

Pareas margaritophorus (White-spotted Slug Snake)

Thai: ThaiSnakeName-Pareas margaritophorus (ngu gin tak chut khao)

Size: 45 cm

To be found throughout Thailand at a height of up to 1650 m above sea level

A ground snake, which is often found in the evening after a rainfall. If disturbed it rolls itself together into an S-form together, erects its upper body away from the ground and pushes against the "opponent", mostly however without biting.

Danger: It is completely harmless

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