Psammophis indochinensis SMITH, 1943

Subspecies PAUWELS et al. (2003) state that P. c. condanarus and P. s. indochinensis can be distinguished by their microdermatoglyphic patterns which is said to be “echinate” in condanarus but “canaliculate” in indochinensis (based on F. Brandstätter’s PhD thesis of 1995).
Distribution: DOWLING & JENNER 1988 list only one species of Psammophis from Myanmar, namely Psammophis condanarus.
Psammophis condanarus indochinensis SMITH 1943 is treated here as valid species. (1)
Common Names  
Synonym Psammophis condanarus indochinensis SMITH 1943
Psammophis condanarus indochinensis — COX et al. 1998: 56
Psammophis indochinensis — HUGHES 1999
Psammophis indochinensis — PAUWELS et al. 2003
Psammophis indochinensis — DAVID et al. 2004
Psammophis condanarus indochinensis — COTTONE & BAUER 2009
Psammophis indochinensis — SANG et al. 2009 
Distribution Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Vietnam

Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map. (1)
  • Cottone, Amanda M. and Aaron M. Bauer 2009. Notes on sexual size dimorphism and reproduction in the Asian Sand Snake, Psammophis condanarus (Psammophiidae) Hamadryad 34 (1): 182-185
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
  • DAVID, Patrick; MEREL J. COX, OLIVIER S. G. PAUWELS, LAWAN CHANHOME AND KUMTHORN THIRAKHUPT 2004. Book Review - When a bookreview is not sufficient to say all: an in-depth analysis of a recent book on the snakes of Thailand, with an updated checklist of the snakes of the Kingdom. The Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University 4(1): 47-80
  • Hughes, B. 1999. Critical review of a revision of Psammophis (Linnaeus 1758) (Serpentes, Reptilia) by Frank Brandstätter. Afr. J. Herpetol. 48 (1-2): 63-70 - get paper here
  • Pauwels, O.S.G.; David, P.; Chimsunchart, C. & Thirakhupt, K. 2003. Reptiles of Phetchaburi Province, Western Thailand: a list of species, with natural history notes, and a discussion on the biogeography at the Isthmus of Kra. Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University 3 (1): 23-53
  • Sang, Nguyen Van; Ho Thu Cuc, Nguyen, Quang Truong 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.


(1) The Reptile Database