Palani shieldtail ( Uropeltis pulneyensis Beddome, 1863 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Uropeltis pulneyensis (Beddome, 1863)
Photographs: 
Live adult from Palni hills
Distribution: 
Endemic to Southern Western Ghats. In Anaimalai-Meghamalai-Kottamalai-Devarmalai massif. Disjunct poopulation known from Agasthyamalai.
Venom Type: 
N/A
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

TBA

Description: 

A rather small and slender, dull dark blackish brown snake with colourfully yellow-spotted underside. A pair of yellow stripes laong the head and neck, till the forebody. A yellow spot on vent and stripes along sides of tail. Tail shield convex, small, rounded and disc-like at the end. 

Scalation
Head: 
Eye in ocular scale. No supraocular, postocular, loreal and temporal scales.
Dorsal: 
Sacles smooth, cycloid, in 17 rows.
Ventral: 
156-180
Sub Caudal: 
6-13 pairs.
Habitat: 
Inhabits montane rainforestsa nd cloud forests in high-elevations (>1300 m asl).
Natural History: 
Nocturnal. Fossorial. Breeding biology poorly known.
Diet: 
Probably eats earthworms.
Threats: 
Roadkills. Habitat loss. Predation by vermins.
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