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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Dhaman, Oriental Ratsnake
G: Gebänderte Rattenschlange, Asiatische Rattenschlange 
SynonymColuber mucosus LINNAEUS 1758: 226
Natrix mucosa — LAURENTI 1768
Coluber blumenbachii MERREM 1820: 119
Coluber dhumna CANTOR 1839
Ptyas blumenbachii — FITZINGER 1843
Coryphodon blumenbachii - DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 184
Leptophis trifrenatus HALLOWELL 1861: 503
Ptyas mucosus - COPE 1861
Ptyas mucosus — GÜNTHER 1864: 249
Zamenis mucosus - BOULENGER 1890
Zamenis mucosus — BOULENGER 1893: 385
Ptyas mucosus — STEJNEGER 1907: 345
Zaocys mucosus — WALL 1921: 172
Ptyas mucosus — SMITH 1943: 159
Ptyas mucosus maximus DERANIYAGALA 1955
Ptyas mucosus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 386
Coluber mucosus — LAZELL 1998
Ptyas mucosus — COX et al. 1998: 54
Ptyas mucosus — PINOU & DOWLING 2000
Ptyas mucosa — DAVID & DAS 2004
Ptyas mucosus — SHARMA 2004 
DistributionAfghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia,
China (Chekiang, Hupeh, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Xizang, Hong Kong),
India (Assam, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra (Pune (=Poona) district, Nasrapur), Karnataka (Castle Rock) [A. Captain, pers. comm.], Punjab [Dino Aulakh, pers. comm.], Gujarat), Andamans, Sri Lanka,
Indonesia (Sumatra, Java),
Iran, Laos, West Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, U.S.S.R., Vietnam

maximus: Sri Lanka

Type locality: India 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.
 
TypesHolotype: NRM (NHRM), Stockholm 
CommentSize: up to 3.5 m

Reproduction: oviparous.

Type species: Coluber blumenbachii MERREM 1820 is the type species of the genuys Ptyas FITZINGER 1843. The gender of the generic name Ptyas is feminine.

Distribution: Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
EtymologyEtymology: named after Latin “mucosus” = slimy, based on the popular notion that snakes are slimy.

Etymology (genus): from Greek “ptyas” = spitter. The gender of Ptyas is feminine (David & Das, 2004). 
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