Bhupathy's shieldtail ( Uropeltis bhupathyi Jins, Sampaio & Gower, 2018 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Uropeltis bhupathyi (Jins, Sampaio & Gower, 2018)
Photographs: 
Live subadult from SACON campus
Distribution: 
Found in the forests of the Anaikatty hills in the eastern, leeward side lower slopes of Nilgiris, Western Ghats, in Tamil Nadu India.
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

Uropeltis bhupathyi is diagnosed by having > 200 ventrals; moderately developed tail shield; 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody, and a frontal that is wider than long.

Description: 

Dark blackish brown dorsally, slightly more charcoal greyish brown ventrally, somewhat
metallic and iridescent. Lateral pale stripe on anterior of body and pale marking on tail bright yellow.

Scalation
Head: 
eye under ocular scale; no supraocular, postocular and temporal scales.
Dorsal: 
19 (near neck): 17 (midbody) : 15 (before vent)
Ventral: 
202-220
Sub Caudal: 
6-10 pairs
Habitat: 
Dry and mixed deciduous forests
Natural History: 
Burrowing; nocturnal.
Diet: 
Known to feed on soft-bodied worms.
Threats: 
Apart from road-kills, brick industries, an unknown kind of disease has been documented to affect this species.
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