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Very interesting and informative, wish there were more threads like this... l wonder if other species that eat toads can retain the poison - maybe hognose or grass snakes?
At last half of the 26 or so species of Rhabdophis have nuchal glands just like R. tigrinus and R. subminiatus and so likely also sequester toxins also. At least one species has the glands running all the way down the body, not just in the neck.

There is a monotypic genus, Balanophis ceylonensis, which has recently been assigned to Rhabdophis, that also is known to be poisonous, as are some species of Macropisthodon - which also were assigned to Rhabdophis by implication to avoid paraphyly.

There is some discussion as to whether certain Thamnophis also can be poisonous, it seems some can possibly sequester toxins of Taricha newts, which are themselves quite toxic. But in the New World there is another species that is possibly the most poisonous snake of all - Erythrolamprus epinephalus, which sequester toxins from Atelopus Harlequin toads, Rhinella Marine toads and even Dendrobatids including the most toxic frog of them all - Phyllobates terribilis, according to the late Gavin Brink.
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This is an absolutely wonderful post , thank you for sharing my friend
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Any photos of the Chinese beauty snakes?
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Any photos of the Chinese beauty snakes?
I did not get any good ones of the one at Gubeikou but here is one at Shenquanxia.



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Thank you for sharing your trip bro

I'M GOING through old snake posts and you pop up a lot and are a great help and bonus to rfuk need many more like you
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