Fordonia leucobalia   (Schlegel,  1837) (Marine Snake)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Reptilia

Image copyrights: Australian museum collections

Size: Total length 432 mm; tail 47 mm

Ventrals 154, caudals 30. Dorsal surface brown, ventral part yellow.

Synonym (s)
Homalopsis leucobalia Schlegel, 1837
Hemiodontus leucobalia (Schlegel, 1837)
Hemiodontus chalybaeus Jan, 1863
Fordonia varabilis Macleay, 1878
Fordonia unicolor Gray, 1849
Fordonia papuensis Macleay, 1877
Fordonia bicolor Theobold, 1868

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Bellied Mangrove Snake (English)
• White-bellied Water Snake (English)
• White-bellied Mangrove Snake, (English)
• White-bellied Freshwater Snake, (English)
• The Plain Fordonia, (English)
• The Fordonia (English)
• Mangrove Snake (English)
• Fordon's Water Snake (English)
• Crab-eating Water Snake (English)
• Crab-eating Snake (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(No known major threats specific to this species are known, but threats to the associated habitat such as mangrove forests may be detrimental to the species.)

Habitat:  Muddy
Prey:  Small crustacean
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• West Bengal, Sunderbans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Ahmed, S and Dasgupta, G (1992) Reptilia State fauna series 3: Fauna of West Bengal. Part 2 ZSI, Calcutta 1-65 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Australian museum collections Available at -
  • Uetz, P EMBL reptile database Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -

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