Beddome's coral snake

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Beddome's coral snake
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Calliophis
Species: C. beddomei
Binomial name
Calliophis beddomei
(M.A. Smith, 1943)[2]
  • Callophis [sic] beddomei
    M.A. Smith, 1943
  • Maticora beddomei
    Welch, 1994
  • Calliophis beddomei
    I. Das, 1996[2]

Beddome's coral snake (Calliophis beddomei ) is a species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae. The species is endemic to hills of peninsular India.[2]


C. beddomei is named after Richard Henry Beddome (1830-1911), British army officer and naturalist.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

Beddome's coral snake is found in semi-evergreen and tropical dry deciduous hills in the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats of India. Being first described from the Shevaroy Hills or Yercaud, this species was later known from other parts of the Western Ghats. It is only known from three localities, Koppa, Nilgiri Mountains and Shevaroy.

Threats and conservation[edit]

C. beddomei snake is not considered to be used for commercial use and is not known from any protected areas. However, it is listed in Schedule IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.


  1. ^ Srinivasulu, C.; Srinivasulu, B.; Deepak, V.; Das, A. (2013). "Calliophis beddomei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Calliophis beddomei at the Reptile Database. Accessed 24 January 2014.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Calliophis beddomei, p. 21).

Further reading[edit]

  • Slowinski, Joseph B.; Boundy, Jeff; Lawson, R. (2001). "The phylogenetic relationships of Asian coral snakes (Elapidae: Calliophis and Maticora) based on morphological and molecular characters". Herpetologica 57 (2): 233-245.
  • Smith, M.A. (1943). The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-region. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. III.—Serpentes. London: Secretary of State for India. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xxii + 583 pp. (Callophis [sic] beddomei, new species, p. 423).
  • Ganesh, S.R.; Ramanujam, Eric (2014). "Rediscovery of Beddome’s Coralsnake Calliophis beddomei Smith, 1943 from the type locality". Journal of Threatened Taxa 6 (3): 5580–5582.