Oligodon woodmasoni

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Oligodon woodmasoni
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Oligodon
Species: O. woodmasoni
Binomial name
Oligodon woodmasoni
(Sclater, 1891)[1]
  • Simotes wood-masoni
    Sclater, 1891
  • Oligodon woodmasoni
    Wall, 1923
  • Oligodon woodmasoni
    Wallach et al., 2014

Oligodon woodmasoni is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to the Nicobar Islands of India.


The specific name, woodmasoni, is in honor of English zoologist James Wood-Mason.[3]


M.A. Smith reported that the holotype of this species was missing from the ZSI Kolkata collections. The species was rediscovered in 2002 and a new specimen was deposited at the ZSI.[4]

The details of the specimen, ZSI25503 are as follows:

Snout vent length: 440 mm (17 in). Tail length: 80 mm (3.1 in).
Dorsal scale rows: at neck 18; at midbody 17.
Ventrals: 185. Sub caudals: 46.
Supralabials: 6 (4th in contact with the eye). Infralabials: 7.


  1. ^ Sclater WL (1891). "Notes on the Collection of Snakes in the Indian Museum, with descriptions of several new species". J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal 60: 230-250 + Plate VI. (Simotes wood-masoni, new species, pp. 235-236 + Plate VI, figures 2a-2d).
  2. ^ "Oligodon woodmasoni ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Oligodon woodmasoni, p. 289).
  4. ^ Krishnan S (2003). "The distribution of some reptiles in the Nicobar Islands, India". ANET technical report - May 2003.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1894). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xi + 382 pp. + Plates I-XX. (Simotes woodmasoni, p. 223).
  • 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. (Oligodon woodmasoni, pp. 218-219, Figure 73).