Anomochilus monticola

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Anomochilus monticola
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Anomochilidae
Genus: Anomochilus
Species: A. monticola
Binomial name
Anomochilus monticola
Das, Lakim, Lim & Hui, 2008[2]

Anomochilus monticola, the mountain pipe snake,[3] or Kinabalu giant blind snake,[1] is a species of snake in the Anomochilidae family. It is endemic to northern Borneo and only known from the Kinabalu Park (Sabah, Malaysia).[1][4] It is a recently described species still known from three specimens only. It is known from altitudes of 1,450–1,513 m (4,757–4,964 ft) asl, characterized by montane forest.[1] It presumably is fossorial.[2]


Anomochilus monticola grow to at least 509 mm (20.0 in) in snout–vent length. Head is not distinct from the stout body. The eyes are small, 1.2 mm (0.047 in) in diameter. Tail is short, just 11–13 mm (0.43–0.51 in). The body has iridescent blue black ground colour. The dorsum is largely uniform in colour, but there is a pale horn coloured transverse bar across the snout. Ventrally, there are series of large pale horn coloured blotches. Chrome orange band encircles the tail base.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Iskandar, D., Jenkins, H., Das, I., Auliya, M., Inger, R.F. & Lilley, R. (2012). "Anomochilus monticola". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T191983A2023863. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Das, I., Lakim, M., Lim, K.K.P., & Hui, T.H. (2008). "New species of Anomochilus from Borneo (Squamata: Anomochilidae)". Journal of Herpetology. 42 (3): 584–591. JSTOR 40060554. doi:10.1670/07-154.1. 
  3. ^ "Anomochilus monticola Mountain Pipe Snake". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Anomochilus monticola at the Reptile Database. Accessed 11 November 2015.