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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Long-nosed Tree Snake, Green vine snake, Long-nosed Whip Snake
G: Nasenpeitschennatter, Baumschnüffler 
SynonymColuber nasutus LACÉPÈDE 1789: 277
Dryophis nasuta LACÉPÈDE 1789
Coluber mycterizans RUSSELL 1796 (not LINNAEUS; fide SMITH 1943)
Ahaetulla mycterizans — LINK 1807
Dryinus nasutus — MERREM 1820: 159
Dryinus oxyrhynchus BELL 1825 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryinus russellianus BELL 1825 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryophis hammatorhynchus FITZINGER 1826: 61 (nom. subst. pro C. myct.)
Dryophis passericki SCHINZ 1833 (fide BAUER 2015: 22)
Dryiophis nasuta — SCHLEGEL 1837: 159
Dryinus nasutus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 809
Dryinus fuscus — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854
Dryophis mycterizans — BOULENGER 1890 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryophis mycterizans tephrogaster WALL 1908: 783 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryophis mycterizans cineroventer WALL 1908: 919 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryophis mycterizans rhodogaster WALL 1908 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryophis mycterizans isabellinus WALL 1910: 229, 524 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dryophis mycterizans rhodonotus WALL 1921 (fide SMITH 1943)
Passerita nasuta — COCHRAN 1930: 32
Dryophis nasutus — SMITH 1943: 376
Ahaetulla nasuta — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 311
Ahaetulla nasuta — COX et al. 1998: 69
Ahaetulla nasutus — SHARMA 2004
Ahaetulla nautus [sic] — VYAS 2007
Ahaetulla nasuta — WALLACH et al. 2014: 20 
DistributionIndia (excluding the northwest; Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra (Nasrapur, Mahabaleshwar, Koyna, Karnataka (Castle Rock), Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala), Bangladesh ?, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand , Cambodia, Vietnam

Type locality: Ceylon Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionovoviviparous (5-15 live offspring) 
TypesHolotype: unknown (fide SANG et al. 2009), NMSL fide KDANDAMBY 1997 (for Dryophis nasuta)
Syntype: Plate XII in Russell 1796, vol. I [Dryinus oxyrhynchus]
Syntype: Plate XIII in Russell 1796, vol. I [Dryinus russellianus]
Holotype: Plate XIII in Russell 1796, vol. I [Dryophis passericki] 
CommentDiet: lizards and other vertebrates

Synonymy: Dryophis mycterizans var. anomalus has been listed as a synonym of Ahaetulla nasuta, e.g. by Wallach et al. 2014: 20 but was revalidated by Mohapatra et al. 2017.

SAVAGE (2003) suggested to reject Lacepède’s (1788) “Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupèdes Ovipares” as a non-binominal work (Case 3226; Bull. Zool. Nom. 60 (2)). In 1987 the ICZN ruled accordingly in opinions 1463 and 2104. Thus the author of this species has been changed to BONNATERRE 1790 by some authors (although the name is not mentioned in BONNATERRE :( In 1958 the ICZN placed the name Coluber nasuta Lacepede on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology (Opinion 524). This listing is not affected by the ICZN’s later suppression of Lacepede’s 1789 Serpens (Opinion 1463), hence the correct current name is Ahaetulla nasuta Lacepede, (1789).

Distribution: possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
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