Oligodon chinensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Colubridae

Scientific Name: Oligodon chinensis (Günther, 1888)
Common Name(s):
English Chinese Kukri Snake
Simotes chinensis Günther, 1888

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-08-29
Assessor(s): Lau, M., Rao, D.-q. & Zhou, Z.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Listed as Least Concern as it is a widespread, adaptable species with no threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found southern China (Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang) and northern Viet Nam (Lao Cai, Bac Kan, Long Son, Vinh Phuc, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Gia Lai [Nguyen et al., 2009]; Fan Si Pan in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province,  Tam Dao [Orlov et al. 2000]). It is found between 100 and 1,500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
China (Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Jiangxi, Yunnan); Viet Nam
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):100
Upper elevation limit (metres):1500
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Population [top]

Population:No population data is available, although the overall population of this widespread snake is presumed to be stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This nocturnal, terrestrial snake is a generalist that inhabits plains, hills, forests, agricultural fields and rural villages. It is an oviparous species. Its diet consists largely of small vertebrates and eggs.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are small numbers of this species in the pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no threats to this adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No species-specific conservation measures are in place. It is present in many protected areas.

Citation: Lau, M., Rao, D.-q. & Zhou, Z. 2012. Oligodon chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T191935A2017677. . Downloaded on 28 May 2018.
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