Mountain Worm-Eating Snake ( Trachischium monticola Cantor, 1839 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Trachischium monticola (Cantor, 1839)
Photographs: 
Lama Camp, Arunachal Pradesh
Distribution: 
Found in hills of North-east region of India. Also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet (China).
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

It can be easily identified by checking 15 dorsal rows (unique in the genus Trachischium, rest other species have 13 rows), brown dorsal lined with dark and light fine streaks and yellow belly.

Description: 

Maximum length- 25cm.

Dorsal-
Body cylindrical with shiny and subequal smooth scales. Dorsal color light or dark brown with blackish longitudinal lines; two more usually faint reddish or light stripes found laterally.

Ventral -
Belly color yellowish.

Head -
Head depressed on snout; not broader than neck. Upper lip brown or lighter than rest of head. Eyes with rounded pupil. One yellowish spot may also present on each side on neck.

Tail -
Short length tail ends with conical tip.

Scalation
Head: 
Supralabial 6; 3rd & 4th in contact with eyes; prefrontals 2, preocular 1; loreal 1, postocular 2, rarely united; temporal 1+1.
Dorsal: 
Smooth scales in 15: 15: 15 rows without apical pits.
Ventral: 
113-125; anal undivided.
Sub Caudal: 
26-40; paired.
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