Blyth's reticulated snake

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Blyth's reticulated snake
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: incertae sedis
Genus: Blythia
Species: B. reticulata
Binomial name
Blythia reticulata
(Blyth, 1854)
  • Calamaria reticulata
    Blyth, 1854
  • Blythia reticulata
    Theobald, 1868[1]

Blyth's reticulated snake (Blythia reticulata) is a species of colubrid snake endemic to Asia.


The genus Blythia was named after Edward Blyth (1810–1873), curator of the museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, by William Theobald in 1868.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

B. reticulata is found in India and parts of Southeast Asia.


The rostral scale is about as broad as deep, visible from above; the suture between the internasals is one-half to two-thirds as long as that between the prefrontals; the frontal is longer than its distance from the end of the snout, about two-thirds the length of the parietals. One postocular and one elongated temporal scale are present, with six upper labials, of which the third and fourth enter the eye, the first is smallest, and the sixth largest; the four lower labials are in contact with the anterior chin shields; the posterior chin shields are small. The scales in are 13 rows. Ventral scales are 127-130 in number, and the anal scale is divided. The subcaudals count is 19-29.

This snake is blackish-brown above and below, with the lateral and ventral scales edged with lighter color.[3]

Total length of Blyth's reticulated snake is 16.6 in (420 mm), with a tail 1.65 in (42 mm) long.


It is found in India {Khasi Hills (Assam), Arunachal Pradesh}, Myanmar, and China (southeast Tibet).


  1. ^ Boulenger GA. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I., Containing the Families ... Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Genus Blythia, p. 313; species Blythia reticulata, p. 314).
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Blythia reticulata, p. 28).
  3. ^ Boulenger GA. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. (Blythia reticulata, pp. 287-288).

Further reading[edit]

  • Annandale N. 1912. Zoological results of the Abor Expedition, 1911-1912. Rec. Indian Mus., Calcutta 8 (1): 7-59. [Reptilia, pages 37–59] (supplement in same journal, 8 (4): 357-358, 1914).
  • Blyth E. 1854. Notices and descriptions of various reptiles, new or little known [part 2]. Jour. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, Calcutta 23 (3): 287-302. (Calamaria reticulata, new species, pp. 287-288).
  • Das I. 2002. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of India. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 144 pp. ISBN 0-88359-056-5. (Blythia reticulata, p. 21).
  • Smith MA. 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). xii + 583 pp. (Genus Blythia, pp. 338-339; species B. reticulata, pp. 339-340).
  • Theobald W. 1868. Catalogue of Reptiles in the Museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Jour. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, Calcutta 37 (extra number 146): (2), vi, 7-88. (Blythia, new genus, p. 44; B. reticulata, new combination, pp. 44-45).

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