Oligodon melaneus

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Bluebelly kukri snake
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Oligodon
O. melaneus
Binomial name
Oligodon melaneus
Wall, 1909[1]

Oligodon melaneus (common name: bluebelly kukri snake is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. It is endemic to eastern India.[2] It was described in 1909 by Frank Wall based on two specimens from Tindharia, Darjeeling.[1][2]


One the types is a female, 30 cm (13.125 in) in total length, with the tail being 4 cm (1.75 in). It was gravid with four eggs. The other type is a male, similar in length to the female. The body is uniformly black above, grading to grayish in the flanks. The belly is blue-grey, with black speckling in the female.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Wall, F. (1909). "Notes on snakes from the neighbourhood of Darjeeling". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 19: 337–357.
  2. ^ a b Oligodon melaneus at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 23 May 2017.