Uropeltis arcticeps

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Uropeltis arcticeps
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Uropeltidae
Genus: Uropeltis
Species: U. arcticeps
Binomial name
Uropeltis arcticeps
(Günther, 1875)

Uropeltis arcticeps, commonly known as the Madurai earth snake or the Tinevelly uropeltis, is a species of snake in the family Uropeltidae endemic to India.

Geographic distribution[edit]

It is found in South India (Western Ghats south of Palghat; from sea level (Alleppey) to about 5,000 feet in the Travancore Hills; Tinnevelly Hills).

The type locality of Silybura arcticeps is "Tinevelly, S India", Silybura madurensis is "High Wavy mountain, Madura district, elevation 5500 feet, S India", and Silybura nilgherriensis var. picta is "North Travancore near Peermede, on coffee estate at an elevation between 3000 and 4000 feet", S India".


  1. ^ Srinivasulu, C.; Srinivasulu, B.; Ganesan, S.R.; Vijayakumar, S.P. & Prabhu, M. (2013). "Uropeltis arcticeps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Günther, A. 1875. Second report on collections of Indian Reptiles obtained by the British Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1875: 224-234, figure.
  • Beddome, R.H. 1878. Description of six new Species of Snakes of the genus Silybura, Family Uropeltidæ, from the Peninsula of India. Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1878: 800-802.
  • Beddome, R.H. 1886. An Account of the Earth-Snakes of the Peninsula of India and Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 17: 3-33.
  • Mason, George E. 1888 Description of a new earth-snake of the genus Silybura from the Bombay Presidency with remarks on little known Uropeltidae. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 22: 184-186.

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