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)
  • Silybura beddomii
    Günther, 1862[2]

Uropeltis beddomii, commonly known as Beddome's earth snake, is a species of snake in the family Uropeltidae 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]

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


The dorsum 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 at27.5 cm (10 34 in) in total length.

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).


  1. ^ Srinivasulu, C.; Srinivasulu, B.; Ganesan, S.R. & Vijayakumar, S.P. (2013). "Uropeltis beddomii". 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.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Uropeltis beddomii, p. 21).

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. (3) 13: 177-180.
  • Günther A. 1862. On new Species of Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 9: 52-59 + Plates IX & X. (Silybura beddomii, pp. 56–57).

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