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    Posted: 01 Mar 2011 at 10:04pm

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!

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Rob

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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.
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Yes I would agree with you there.
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Apart from the tail it has the look of a sea snake
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Definitely a Mandarin rat snake (Euprepiophis mandarinus, formerly Elaphe mandarina - a pretty unmistakable species! Such a shame it was killed.
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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:

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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.....

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Rob

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