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Elachistodon westermanni REINHARDT, 1863

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Indian Egg-eating Snake
G: Indische Eierschlange 
SynonymElachistodon westermanni REINHARDT 1863: 206
Elachistodon westermanni — SMITH 1943: 404
Elachistodon westermanni — DAS 1996: 56
Elachistodon westermanni — MURTHY 2010
Elachistodon westermanni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 260 
DistributionBangladesh, India (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bhavnagar city, Gujarat; Bhavnagar, Surat, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Punjab, Telangana), Nepal

Type locality: Rangpur, Bengal Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: ZMUC, Copenhagen 
CommentDistribution: Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). See map in Sharma 2014: 162.

Type species: Elachistodon westermanni REINHARDT 1863: 206 is the type species of the genus Elachistodon REINHARDT 1863.

Diet: (bird) eggs 
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  • 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
  • Captain, A.; Frank Tillack, Andreas Gumprecht and Parag Dandge 2005. FIRST RECORD OF Elachistodon westermanni REINHARDT, 1863 (SERPENTES, COLUBRIDAE, COLUBRINAE) FROM MAHARASHTRA STATE, INDIA. Russ. J. Herpetol. 2 (2): 156 – 158 - get paper here
  • Dandge, P.H. 2007. Food and Feeding Habits of Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863. Hamadryad 32 (1):86-87
  • Dandge, Parag Hemachandra; Ashish Dilip Tiple 2016. Notes on Natural History, New Distribution Records and Threats of Indian Egg Eater Snake Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863 (Serpentes: Colubridae): Implications for Conservation Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (1): 55-62
  • Gans, C. 1954. Present knowledge of the snake Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt. Breviora (36): 1-17 - get paper here
  • Göthel, Helmut 2015. Die Indische Eierschlange, Elachistodon westermanni. Draco 16 (61): 93-95 - get paper here
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - get paper here
  • Khandal, Dharmendra; Y. K. Sahu, Vivek Sharma 2016. New Record of Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863 (Serpentes, Colubridae) for Rajasthan State, India Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (4): 249-253 - get paper here
  • Kramer, E. 1977. Zur Schlangenfauna Nepals. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 84 (3): 721-761. - get paper here
  • Kulmus, H. 1985. Einige Anmerkungen zur Zucht und Haltung von Eierschlangen. Herpetofauna 7 (36): 23-34 - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • Lillywhite, Harvey B. 2014. How Snakes Work: Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes. Oxford University Press, New York, 256 pp
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Narayanan, Abhishek 2012. Records of Indian Egg Eater Snake Elachistodon westermanni in the localities of Shegaon, District Buldhana, Maharashtra, India. Reptile Rap (14): 9–12 - get paper here
  • Reinhardt, J., and C. Lütken 1863. En ny Slaegt af Slangefamilien Rachiodontidae. Overs. Dansk. Vid. Selsk. Forh.: 198- [1862]
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  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Sharma, Vivek 2014. On the Distribution of Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863 (Serpentes, Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 21 (3): 161-165 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • SONDARVA, R., R. VYAS, B. DUDHATRA & H. PATEL<br /> 2017. Fortpflanzung bei der Indischen Eierschlange Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863. Sauria 39 (4): 52-56 - get paper here
  • Thakur, Sanjay 2011. A note on snakes of Kanha National Park and surrounding areas. Reptile Rap (11): 2-4 - get paper here
  • Visvanathan, Avinash C. 2015. Natural history notes on Elachistodon westermannii Reinhardt, 1863. Hamadryad 37 (1-2): 132-136 - get paper here
  • VYAS, R. 2016. Distribution of the Indian Egg-eater (Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1864), with three new records from Gujarat, India, and descriptions of its pholidosis and hemipenis morphology. Sauria 38 (1): 15 - 21 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2006. Story of a snake's photograph from Gujarat and notes on further distribution of the Indian egg-eater snake. Herpinstance 3(2): 1-4.
  • Vyas, Raju 2010. Distribution of Elachistodon westermanni in Gujarat. Reptile Rap (10): 7-8 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2013. Notes and Comments on Distribution of a Snake: Indian Egg Eater (Elachistodon westermanni). Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (1): 39-42 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju; Harshil Patel, and Bhautik Dudhatra 2017. The Indian Egg-Eating Snake, Elachistodon westermanni (Colubridae): Comments on distribution and new localities from Gujarat, India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 24 (3): 203–206 - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1913. A rare Snake (Elachistodon westermanni) from the Jalpaiguri District. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 22: 400- - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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