Beddome's worm snake ( Gerrhopilus beddomii Boulenger, 1890 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Gerrhopilus beddomii (Boulenger, 1890)
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Distribution: 
Endemic to Southern Western Ghats.
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

A short, very stout and stumpy-bodied snake. Robust head, not wider than neck, tail short, pointed but abruptly tapering. Body with very smooth and glossy scales.

Description: 

Brown above, lighter beneath: usually a more or less distinct darker vertebral line; end of snout and chin, and anal region, whitish. Total length 5 inches.

Scalation
Head: 
Snout rounded aud moderately prominent; nostrils lateral, rostral narrow, its upper portion hardly one third the width of the head, not extending to the level of the eyes Nostril between two nasals, the anterior (or lower) of which is in contact with the first and second labials, tlie upper forming a suture behind the rostral : a preocular, nearly as large as the ocular : eye distinct ; upper head-shields a little larger than the scales on the body.
Dorsal: 
Diameter of body 20 to 40 times in the total length ; tail a little longer than broad, not ending in a spine, the terminal scale obtusely conical. 18 scales round the body.
Ventral: 
TBA
Sub Caudal: 
TBA
Habitat: 
Inhabits montane rain forests and Sholas. Also occurs in plantations.
Natural History: 
Poorly known. Burrowing. Rarely if ever seen out on land surface. Sighted under fallen logs, rocks and inside dense leaf-litter.
Diet: 
Unknown, probably small worms and insects.
Threats: 
Not precisely known. Habitat loss is presumed to affect its population.
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