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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Trachischium
Günther, 1853

Trachischium is a genus of colubrid snakes commonly known as worm-eating snakes.

Geographic range[edit]

They are found through montane regions of the countries of Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.


Head not distinct from neck; eye small, with vertically subelliptic pupil; nostril between two small nasals; prefrontals sometimes united. Body cylindrical; dorsal scales smooth, in 13 or 15 rows, without apical pits; ventrals rounded. Tail short; subcaudals divided.

Maxillary teeth 18-20, subequal; posterior mandibular teeth shorter than anterior. Hypapophyses developed throughout vertebral column.[1]


There are five species in the genus:


  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), VolumeI. London. p. 297.