Distribution: West Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, China
Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
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This species is heavily exploited in Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, and populations are declining (Brooks et al. 2007). Collected in Viet Nam with local population declines reported. Most likely not being collected elsewhere.
This species made up less than 2% of the total catch of snakes collected by fishermen in Cambodia (Murphy 2007).
It is the second most exploited reptile in the U Minh National Park. They sell for around VND155,000/kg and many people in the area catch them at a small size and raise them in cages until they reach a weight of about two kg before selling them. The population appears to be in decline because fishermen report that they are more difficult to find than they have been in the past. The species is heavily exploited in Cambodia for export to Thailand, Viet Nam and China (Stuart 2000, 2004).
From 1991-2001 16,000 live snakes were exported to China, representing 4% of the live snakes imported into China over this period (Zhou and Jiang 2004).