Madurai Shieldtail ( Platyplectrurus madurensis Beddome, 1877 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Platyplectrurus madurensis (Beddome, 1877)
Regional Names: 
English: 
Travancore Hills Thorntail Snake
Kannada: 
ಮಧುರೈ ಗುರಾಣಿ ಹಾವು
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Distribution: 
Endemic to Western ghats. Found in high elevations (> 1300 m asl) of Palnis, Kodaikanal and parts of Anaimalai hills.
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Description: 

TBA

Habitat: 
Shola forests in montane zones. Also occurs in plantations.
Natural History: 
Burrowing. Found under dense leaf litter and under fallen logs and stones.
Diet: 
Feeds on small-bodied invertebrates and earthworms.
Threats: 
Habitat loss, destruction and road-kill.
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