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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Uropeltidae
Genus: Platyplectrurus
Günther, 1868
Common names: Thorn tail snakes.[2]

Platyplectrurus is a genus of nonvenomous shield tail snakes endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Currently, 2 species are recognized.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

Found in the Western Ghats of South India.[1] Found in high elevation (> 1200 m asl) montane Shola forests, under rocks, fallen logs and in piles of debris.


Species[3] Taxon author[3] Subsp.*[3] Common name[4] Geographic range[1]
P. madurensis Beddome, 1877 1 Travancore Hills thorntail snake South India (Western Ghats in the Palnai and Travancore Hills).
P. trilineatusT (Beddome, 1867) 0 lined thorntail snake South India in the Western Ghats: Anaimalai, in (Kerala).

*) Not including the nominate subspecies.
T) Type species.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ a b c d "Platyplectrurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  4. ^ The Reptile Database. www,

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