Uropeltis beddomii

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Uropeltis beddomii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Uropeltidae
Genus: Uropeltis
Species: U. beddomii
Binomial name
Uropeltis beddomii
(Günther, 1862)

Uropeltis beddomii, commonly known as Beddome's earth snake, is a species of snake in the family Uropeltidae. The species is endemic to India.


The specific name beddomii is in honor of Richard Henry Beddome (1830–1911), British army officer and botanist.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

U. beddomii is found in southern India (Anaimalai Hills). The type locality is "Anamallay Hills".


The dorsum of U. beddomii is brown, with a yellow streak on each side of the neck. A yellow crossband is at the base of the tail, but not on the sides of the tail. The ventrum is brown mixed with yellow.

The longest specimen in the type series collected by Col. Beddome is a female 27.5 cm (10 34 in) in total length (including tail).

Dorsal scales are in 19 rows behind the head, and in 17 rows at midbody. Ventrals number 180-188; subcaudals number six or seven (females).

The snout is acutely pointed, strongly projecting. The rostral is strongly compressed, keeled above, the portion visible from above two fifths the length of the shielded part of the head. The nasals are in contact with each other behind the rostral. The frontal is longer than broad. The eye is very small, less than ½ the length of the ocular. The diameter of body goes 33 to 44 times in the total length. The ventrals are less than twice as large as the contiguous dorsal scales. The end of the tail is subtruncate, convex, or somewhat flattened dorsally, the scales with 3 to 5 strong keels. The terminal scute has a transverse ridge and two points.[4]


  1. ^ Srinivasulu C, Srinivasulu B, Ganesan SR, Vijayakumar SP (2013). "Uropeltis beddomii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T172694A1368266. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T172694A1368266.en. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Uropeltis beddomii ". 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. (Uropeltis beddomii, p. 21).
  4. ^ Boulenger GA (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Uropeltidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Silybura beddomii, pp. 153-154).

Further reading[edit]

  • Beddome RH (1864). "Descriptions of New Species of the Family Uropeltidæ from Southern India, with Notes on other little-known Species". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Third Series 13: 177-180.
  • Günther A (1862). "On new Species of Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Third Series 9: 52-59 + Plates IX & X. (Silybura beddomii, new species, pp. 56–57).
  • 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. ("Uropeltis beddomei [sic]", p. 78).

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