Eryx whitakeri

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Eryx whitakeri
Whitaker's sand boa Eryx whitakeri by Ashahar alias Krishna Khan.jpg
Lateral & Dorsal headview of adult Eryx whitakeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Subfamily: Erycinae
Genus: Eryx
Species: E. whitakeri
Binomial name
Eryx whitakeri
Das, 1991
Common names: Whitaker's sandboa, Whitaker's boa.

Eryx whitakeri is a nonvenomous boa species endemic to coastal southern India. No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]


The specific name, whitakeri, as well as both of the above common names, are in honor of American-born, Indian herpetologist Romulus Whitaker.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

Juvenile in Pilerne, Goa (top view)
Adult Whitaker's Boa in Pilerne, Goa

E. whitakeri is found in southwestern coastal India in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, and southern Maharashtra.[1]

The type locality given is "Mangalore, Karnataka State, India".[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ "Eryx whitakeri". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  3. ^ 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. (Eryx whitakeri, p. 284).

Further reading[edit]

  • Whitaker R, Captain A. 2004. Snakes of India: The Field Guide. Chennai: Draco Books. 495 pp. ISBN 978-81-901873-0-5.
  • Das I. 1991. A new species of Eryx (Boidae: Serpentes: Squamata) from south-western India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 88 (1): 92-97.
  • 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. (Eryx whitakeri, p. 14).
  • Jones C. 2004. Sandboas. Reptilia 9 (3): 20-30.

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