|Scientific Name:||Enhydris chinensis|
|Species Authority:||(Gray, 1842)|
Hypsirhina chinensis Gray, 1842
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Livingstone, S.R., Elfes, C.T., Polidoro, B.A. & Carpenter, K.E. (Global Marine Species Assessment Coordinating Team)|
This species in abundant within its relatively extensive range. It adapts well to human activity and development (e.g. it is found in rice paddies and canal systems). Although threats to this species include harvest for food and skin, these threats are not considered to be causing significant declines of this species. This species is therefore listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||This species is found in southern China from south central China's East Hill and Plain, as well as coastal plain of Fujian-Guangdon and in Viet Nam. It also occurs on the continental islands of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Hainan (Murphy 2007).
This is a lowland, highly aquatic snake that typically occurs between sea level and 200 m but reaches 900-1,100 m in Viet Nam.
Native:China; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
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|Population:||This species is considered common, it is thought to be utilizing the rice paddy ecosystem and may therefore have spread and increased in abundance from its original distribution (Murphy 2007).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species occurs in fish ponds, sluggish streams, canals, and rice paddies. It feeds primarily on fish, but also amphibians (Murphy 2007).|
|Major Threat(s):||This species is occasionally used as food by people (Murphy 2007). In 1991-2001, 300 live snakes and 85,000 skins were exported to China (Zhou and Jiang 2004).|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no conservation measures in place for this species.|
|Citation:||Murphy, J. 2010. Enhydris chinensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 10 March 2014.|
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