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Rhinophis drummondhayi WALL, 1921

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Drummond-Hay's Earth Snake 
SynonymRhinophis drummondhayi WALL 1921: 43
Rhinophis drummondhayi — SMITH 1943: 89
Rhinophis drummondhayi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 137
Rhinophis drummondhayi — JANZEN et al. 2007
Rhinophis drummondhayi — WICKRAMASINGHE et al. 2009
Rhinophis drummondhayi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 650 
DistributionSri Lanka (Central and Uva Provinces, Haldumulla, Nanunukula, Uva Patnas), 1100-1400 m elevation.

Type locality: ,,Lennock estate in the centre of the Uva Patnas at about 4,000 to 4,200 feet . . . (also 1 specimen from) Kalupahani estate, Haldumulle District, [elevation:] about 3,000 feet, Ceylon”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.79—1946.1.16.81 (formerly 1920.5.5.1 - 1920.5.5.4); MCZ 19348 — 19349. 
EtymologyNamed in honour of Mr. H. M. Drummond-Hay. Maximum length: 33 cm. 
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  • de Silva, A. 1998. Snakes of Sri Lanka: a checklist and an annotated bibliography. Dept. Wildlife Conservation/ GEF /UNDP/ FAO, Colombo.
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  • Wall, FRANK 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo Mus. (H. R. Cottle, govt. printer), Colombo. xxii, 581 pages - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1921. A new snake of the family Uropeltidae. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 28: 41-42 - 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.
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. Mendis; Vidanapathirana, D.R.; Wickramasinghe, N. & Ranwella, P.N. 2009. A new species of Rhinophis Hemprich, 1820 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from Rakwana massif, Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 2044: 1-22 - get paper here
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