Rhinophis goweri

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Gower's Shieldtail

Maximum length 33.5cm.

Head small, not broader than neck, with sharply pointed snout and covered with large shields.

Body short, cylindrical and covered with subequal, glossy and smooth scales. Dorsal color uniform brown with very faint, black, wavy, ragged bars which are more prominent in juveniles and turn faint or indistinct in adult stage.

Belly bright yellow and rarely patched with minute brown speckles. Eyes small in the form of small black dots and covered by a large ocular shield.

Underside of tail distinctly red-orange. Caudal disc dark brown. 

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