Teretrurus travancoricus BEDDOME, 1886
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Teretrurus travancoricus?
|Higher Taxa||Uropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Travancore Earth Snake|
|Synonym||Teretrurus travancoricus BEDDOME 1886: 29|
Teretrurus travancoricus — GANESH & MURTHY 2022
|Distribution||S India (Kerala).|
Type locality: „Monntains between Travancore and Tinnerelli, above Paupanassum, 3000 to 5000 leet elevation"
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 19220.127.116.11—1918.104.22.168 (formerly 22.214.171.124—126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52—184.108.40.206); MNHN-RA 95.117 (3 specimens).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A species of Teretrurus endemic to the Agasthyamalai / Travancore hills possessing a distinct supraocular scale (vs. lacking supraocular in T. rhodogaster), with ventral counts 130-135 (vs. 120-128 in T. hewstoni; 142-150 in T. sanguineus). (Ganesh & Murthy 2022)|
Description and variation (n = 3): Measurements in mm: snout-vent length: 130-150; tail length: 7-7.5; head length: 5-5.5; head width: 4-4.5; body width 4.5-6; eye diameter: 0.8; eye-snout distance: 1.8; inter-orbital distance: 2-2.5; inter-narial distance: 0.5-0.7. Habitus: Small-bodied, trunk cylindrical to slightly compressed, especially near tail; body fairly slender; head not distinct from neck, as wide as midbody; snout fairly rounded, ovoid in profile, not pointed; tail small, abruptly ending in a short pointed spur. Scalation: scales smooth, cycloid, without apical pits; head scales lacking pre-, post-oculars; supraocular and temporal present; eye covered under ocular scale, partially fused; nostril piercing the undivided nasal scales; nasals in broad midline contact, not separated by rostrum; mental groove absent; dorsal scales in 14:15:15 rows, with 14-->15 at 36th-38th ventral scale; supralabials 4/4; infralabials 4/5; ventrals 133-138; subcaudals 7-9 pairs; terminal caudal scales keeled, with two sharp projections in the end. Coloration: dorsum drab brownish grey, with orange-red mild stripes between interstitial portions; a conspicuous canthal-supraocular-temporal orange stripe on each side of head; reddish orange speckles on sides; venter rich red (turning creamy yellow in preservative) with a few black patches; dorsal part of tail, with an orange-red mid-vertebral stripe eye black. (Ganesh & Murthy 2022)