Friday, April 27, 2007

Elliot's Shieldtail

This is an endemic snake found only in South India and parts of Sri Lanka. It belongs to a family of snakes belonging to the family Uropeltidae. They are so called due to a shield-like tip to their tail. They are burrowing snakes and usually are found out during dawn or dusk and sometimes on cloudy days. This individual was shot at Valley School outside Bangalore and is the only type recorded from Bangalore. In all likely possibilities an Elliot's Shieldtail (Uropeltis ellioti).
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