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Checkered Keelback

Xenochrophis piscator

Checkered Keelback is the most commonly found sake across India. Often called as water snake in many regional languages as it is found near fresh water bodies, marshes and agricultural fields. The snake has keels scales and rounded pupil. The coloration vary from region to region with a Checkered pattern all over the body. The overall body color vary from green to dark brown. A good swimmer and very aggressive when threatened.

Asiatic Water Snake

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    ঢোঁৰা সাপ
  • Gujarati:
    ડેડું
  • Hindi:
    पानीवाला साँप
  • Kannada:
    ನೀರು ಹಾವು, ಬೆನ್ನೇಣು ಹಾವು
  • Malayalam:
    പുളവന്‍, നീര്‍ക്കോലി
  • Marathi:
    दिवड, पाण घोणस (उत्तर कोकण), पांडी बोकड (तळ कोकण), धोड्या (विदर्भ), हेवाळो (गोवा), वयळ (रत्नागिरी), धोंड्याल (गडचिरोली), पाणबुड्या (चंद्रपूर)
  • Nepali:
    पानी सर्प
  • Tamil:
    கண்டங்கண்டை நீர்க்கோலி
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Taxanomy

SQUAMATA
COLUBRIDAE
Xenochrophis piscator

Venom Status

Non Venomous

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