Captain's wood snake

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Captain's wood snake
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pareidae
Subfamily: Xylophiinae
Genus: Xylophis
X. captaini
Binomial name
Xylophis captaini

Captain's wood snake (Xylophis captaini ) is a species of snake described in 2007, which is endemic to India.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

The holotype is from Kannam, Kottayam district, in the state of Kerala and was found in 2000. The snake has been recorded at low altitudes on the western side of the southern part of the Western Ghats, south of the Palakkad Gap.[2]

Similar kind of species named a 'wood snake', which was last spotted by british military officer and naturalist Richard Henry Beddome in 1878. Recently In March 2019,it was rediscovered in survey conducted by scientist in Meghamalai wildlife sanctuary.this species endemic to Meghamalai wildlife sanctuary and Periyar tiger reserve.


Both the specific name, captaini, and the common name, Captain's wood snake, are in honor of Indian herpetologist Ashok Captain for his work on Indian snakes.[2][4]


  1. ^ Srinivasulu, C.; Srinivasulu, B.; Deepak, V. & Thakur, S. (2013). "Xylophis captaini". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T172601A1349779. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T172601A1349779.en. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Gower DJ, Winkler JD (2007). "Taxonomy of the Indian snake Xylophis Beddome (Serpentes: Caenophidia), with description of a new species" (PDF). Hamadryad. 31 (2): 315–329. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2008. (Xylophis captaini, new species).
  3. ^ Xylophis captaini at the Reptile Database
  4. ^ 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. (Xylophis captaini, p. 47).