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Ahaetulla perroteti (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Western Ghats Bronzeback 
SynonymPsammophis Perroteti DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 899
Dryophis tropidococcyx GÜNTHER 1858: 157
Psammophis perroteti — GÜNTHER 1860: 428
Tropidococcyx perroteti — THEOBALD 1868
Dryophis perroteti — BOULENGER 1890: 868
Dryophis perroteti — SMITH 1943: 373
Ahaetulla perroteti — DAS 1996: 53
Ahaetulla perroteti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 20 
DistributionIndia (Western Ghats, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: “Indes-Orientales” [= East Indies, including India].  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 1208, longest syntype 500 mm (G.S. Perrotet, 1822–1832), 5 specimens, location of other syntypes unknown.
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.9.80-81 [tropidococcyx] 
CommentMildly venomous but usually harmless for humans.

Distribution: Reports from Myanmar are probably erroneous (MCDOWELL & JENNER 1988).

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Bhupathy, Subramanian & N. Sathishkumar 2013. Status of reptiles in Meghamalai and its environs, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (15): 4953-4961 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S.R. and S.R. Chandramouli 2011. On the nomenclature and taxonomy of the south Indian colubrid snake Ahaetulla perroteti (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854). Herpetological Bulletin (117) - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Günther,A. 1860. Note on Psammophis perroteti. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 6: 428-429 - get paper here
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Princy, J. Leona; P. Kannan, P. Santhosh Kumar & A. Samson 2017. Predation of Raorchestes tinniens by Ahaetulla perroteti in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India. Zoo’s Print 32: 15-18 - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • Theobald, William 1868. Catalogue of the reptiles of British Birma, embracing the provinces of Pegu, Martaban, and Tenasserim; with descriptions of new or little-known species. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 10: 4-67. - get paper here
  • Theobald, WILLIAM 1868. Catalogue of reptiles in the Museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, Calcutta, 37 (extra number 146): (2), vi, 7-88 - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1906. A Popular Treatise on the Common Indian Snakes. Part II. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 17: 1-17 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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