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Mystery Snake in Vietnam!:

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Adderz
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Joined: 01 Mar 2011
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Posted: 01 Mar 2011

Hi All,

I was just wondering if any of the herp experts of there could id this snake I saw when travelling in Vietnam. I've had a look myself but can't find a match. As you can see it was unfortunately killed by villagers. It was found in the mountainous north of Vietnam, near a place called Sapa. The area is above 2000-2500 above sea level. The area the snake was found was primarily arable fields (rice paddies i think) and areas of dotted scrub on the edge of a village. .

Anyway, it was such a beautiful snake i hope someone can Id it!

Cheers

Rob


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GemmaJF
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Posted: 01 Mar 2011
I'll have a bash at Elaphe mandarina or Mandarin ratsnake. Certainly found in that area but I'm no expert on snakes from that region though.
Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
kevinb
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Posted: 03 Mar 2011
Yes I would agree with you there.
AGILIS
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Posted: 04 Mar 2011
Apart from the tail it has the look of a sea snake
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Wolfgang Wuster
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Posted: 04 Mar 2011
Definitely a Mandarin rat snake (Euprepiophis mandarinus, formerly Elaphe mandarina - a pretty unmistakable species! Such a shame it was killed.
Wolfgang Wüster
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GemmaJF
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Posted: 04 Mar 2011

Well there you go Rob, a definitive ID from a true expert

Thought it would be nice to see a whole one all be it a captive, agreed a great shame that it was killed:


Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
Adderz
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Posted: 07 Mar 2011

Thank you for all your expert advice guys!

I do have some more foreign herps for you to take a look at but need to find the time.....

Cheers

Rob


I started out with nothing and I've still got most of it left....

- Mystery Snake in Vietnam!

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