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Python kyaiktiyo ZUG, GOTTE & JACOBS, 2011

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesMon python 
SynonymPython kyaiktiyo ZUG, GOTTE & JACOBS 2011
Python kyaiktiyo — WALLACH et al. 2014: 619 
DistributionMyanmar (Mon)

Type locality: Myanmar, Mon State, in Kyaiktiyo Wildlife Sanctuary at Yetagon Myaung (17°26’38’’N, 97°05’58’’E; ca. 390 m elevation), approximately 5 km NE Kinmun.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 572046, an adult female, collected 11 Mar 2002 by Sai Wunna Kyi, Win Zaw Lhon, and Hla Naing. 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific epithet de- rives from the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) area. Pronunciation sounds like Jack-T-Yo. The specific epithet is pro- posed as a noun in apposition. Legend says that the balancing rock owes its stability to a strand of Buddha’s hair, which Buddha gave to the hermit Taik Tha during one of the Bodhisattva’s many visits to earth. The hair is enshrined in a miniature pagoda built on top of the balancing rock. 
  • Gower, D.; Garrett, K. & Stafford, P. 2012. Snakes. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY,<br />144 p..
  • 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.
  • Zug, George R.; Steve W. Gotte, and Jeremy F. Jacobs 2011. Pythons in Burma: Short-tailed python (Reptilia: Squamata). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 124 (2): 112-136 - get paper here
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