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Pseudotyphlops philippinus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Uropeltidae
Genus: Pseudotyphlops
Schlegel, 1839
Species: P. philippinus
Binomial name
Pseudotyphlops philippinus
(J.P. Müller, 1832)

Common names: large shield snake.

Pseudotyphlops is a monotypic genus in the family Uropeltidae, containing the snake species Pseudotyphlops philippinus, which is endemic to the island of Sri Lanka. No subspecies are currently recognized.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in Sri Lanka in central and southern Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Vertical range is from near sea level to 900 m elevation.

The type locality given is "Philippinschen Inseln": in error, according to M.A. Smith (1943).[1]


Pseudotyphlops is also mentioned in the synonymy of Ramphotyphlops, a genus of blind snakes, but then as a name proposed by Fitzinger in 1843. However, at the time this name was already preoccupied by Schlegel's Pseudo-typhlops (1839).[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, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).

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