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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Uropeltidae
Genus: Brachyophidium
Wall, 1921
Species: B. rhodogaster
Binomial name
Brachyophidium rhodogaster
Wall, 1921
  • Teretrurus rhodogaster
    - M.A. Smith, 1943
  • Brachyophidium rhodogaster - Rajendran, 1985[1]


Brachyophidium is a monotypic genus created for the nonvenomous shield tail snake species, Brachyophidium rhodogaster, endemic to the Western Ghats of India.

It is perhaps the smallest species of shield tail snake, with adults barely exceeding 5-6 inches.

Common names: Wall's shield tail snake.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in South India, in the Western Ghats encompassing the Palni Hills (Shembaganur in Kodaikanal Hills, Palnis).

The type locality given is "Palnai Hills."[1]

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  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ Pyron, R. A., Ganesh, S. R., Sayyed, A., Sharma, V., Wallach, V., & Somaweera, R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). Zoosystema, 38(4), 453-506.

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