Rosebelly Worm-eating Snake ( Trachischium guentheri Boulenger, 1890 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Trachischium guentheri (Boulenger, 1890)
Regional Names: 
English: 
Gunther’s Worm-eating Snake
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Distribution: 
Found in hills (up to 7000ft) of North-east region from Nepal to eastwards. In India it has been recorded from Sikkim and West Bengal's northern parts, both areas are its type localities (Darjeeling and Sikkim). Also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

It can be identified by checking combination of single prefrontal and coral red belly in life.

Description: 

Maximum length- 52.5cm.

Dorsal -
Body cylindrical with shiny and subequal smooth scales. Dorsal color dark brown or reddish-brown with or without dark or faint longitudinal stripes.

Ventral -
Belly color coral red which is more prominently on posterior half. 

Head -
Head depressed on snout; not broader than neck. Upper lip brown or lighter than rest of head. Eyes with rounded pupil. Young individuals bear a yellow collar in faint form.

Tail -
Short length tail ends with conical tip.

Scalation
Head: 
Supralabial 6; 3rd & 4th in contact with eyes; preocular 1; loreal 1, postocular 1; temporal 1+2.
Dorsal: 
Smooth scales in 13: 13: 13 rows without apical pits.
Ventral: 
132-154; anal undivided.
Sub Caudal: 
30-43; paired.
Habitat: 
Found in high elevation zones of Himalayan foothills. Lives in moist deciduous forests.
Diet: 
Feeds on earthworms and insects.
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