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Rhabdophis subminiatus

Red Necked Keelback

Venomous 💀💀💀 Dangerous bite ref
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Bites can be almost painless and with minimal local swelling. Serious envenomation can lead to death.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 130 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 13 to 25 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • unknown ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 1780 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Rhabdophis subminiatus  ENGLISH Red Necked Keelback, GERMAN Rothals Wassernatter ref
Rhabdophis subminiatus subminiatus ref
Rhabdophis subminiatus helleri CHINESE 紅脖頸槽蛇 (Hóng Bógěng Cáo Shé), 紅脖頸槽蛇北方亞種 (Hóng Bógěng Cáo Shé Běifāng Yà Zhǒng), GERMAN Hellers Rothals Wassernatter ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Colubridae

  • Colubrids
  • III. Subfamily Natricinae

  • Natricinae
  • IV. Genus Rhabdophis

  • Keelback snakes
  • V. Species Rhabdophis subminiatus

  • Red necked keelback
  • VI. snakeID

  • 3279
Look up complete taxonomic records of Rhabdophis subminiatus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).