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Oligodon fasciolatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA COLUBRIDAE

Scientific Name: Oligodon fasciolatus
Species Authority: (Günther, 1864)
Common Name/s:
English Small-banded Kukri Snake
Synonym/s:
Simotes fasciolatus Günther, 1864
Taxonomic Notes: This is a species complex, containing at least two recognized forms (Q.T. Nguyen pers. comm. August 2011). It has also been confused with Oligodon cyclurus. Following Wagner (1975), Pauwels et al. (2002, 2011) consider that populations from southeast Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia should be referred to O. fasciolatus, and O. cyclurus should be confined to eastern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and West Thailand. Research is ongoing to clarify the taxonomy of this group. This concept is applied here.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-08-30
Assessor/s: Thy, N., Chan-Ard, T. & Nguyen, T.Q.
Reviewer/s: Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern on the basis that this species is widespread and somewhat adaptable, it occurs in several protected areas and is not subject to major threats, and is therefore presumed to occur as a stable population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This snake ranges from southeastern Myanmar to Viet Nam, being found throughout Lao PDR and Cambodia, and throughout Thailand south to Nakhon Si Thammarat (Pauwels et al. 2002, Stuart and Emmett 2006, Grismer et al. 2008, Nguyen et al. 2009, T. Chan-ard pers. comm. August 2011). In Viet Nam it has been reported from the provinces of Lai Cau, Cao Bang, Vinh Phuc, Hai Duong, Son La, Ha Tay, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Da Nang, Gia Lai, Dak Lac, Lam Dong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau, and from Ho Chi Minh District (Ngueyn et al. 2009).
Countries:
Native:
Cambodia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: This snake is common in Thailand, but known from few specimens in Indochina. The population is thought to be stable in the absence of major threats.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This oviparous, terrestrial snake has been found in both open, disturbed habitats and lowland evergreen forest, including both primary and secondary forest (T. Chan-ard and Q.T. Nguyen pers. comm. August 2011); in the latter it is sometimes found along streams (T. Chan-ard pers. comm. August 2011). It is active both by day and at night.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species, which adapts well to open and degraded habitats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No species-specific conservation measures are in place, although it has been recorded from protected areas. Research is underway to clarify the taxonomy of this species complex.
Citation: Thy, N., Chan-Ard, T. & Nguyen, T.Q. 2012. Oligodon fasciolatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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