Linne's Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata)

Habitat :

HABITAT AND ECOLOGY This is a freshwater species that is found in a broad range of aquatic habitats including gravel streams, stream impoundments, drainage ditches, irrigated fields, ponds, swamps, and marshes (Murphy 2007). It appears to be tolerant of human disturbance as it has been reported from the banks of rivers, streams and ditches in suburban areas. This species is nocturnal and can be found in muddy bank holes or burrows during the day. It feeds primarily on fish but may also eat anurans and possibly crustaceans (Murphy 2007).

Current Status :

There are no known conservation measures in place for this species, although it is known to occur in several protected areas including the U Mnh Thuong National Park. Further research is required to resolve the taxonomy of this group. In addition, further research into its abundance, trends and harvest levels is needed to ensure a threat status is not triggered in the future. This species can be bred in captivity (CITES 2001).


CLASS : Reptilia

ORDER : Squamata

FAMILY : Homalopsidae

GENUS : Homalopsis

SPECIES : Linne's Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata)

Conservation status : Least Concern

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