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Uropeltis petersi (BEDDOME, 1878)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Shieldtail Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura petersi BEDDOME 1878
Silybura Petersi — BEDDOME 1886: 22
Silybura petersi — BOULENGER 1893: 148
Uropeltis petersi — SMITH 1943: 84
Uropeltis petersi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 149
Uropeltis petersi — DAS 2003
Uropeltis petersi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 781 
DistributionS India (Anaimalai Hills (4,000—5,000 feet), Kerala)

Type locality: ,,Anamallays, 4000 feet".  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.75 (formerly, 1946.1.1.7 — 1946.1.17.9; MNHN (= MHNP) 95.80 (2 specimens). 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout obtusely pointed; portion of rostral visible from above shorter than its distance from the frontal; nasals in contact with one another; eye one-third the length of the ocular shield. Scales in 17 rows; V. 151-180, one and 80 half times as broad as the adjacent scales; C 6-11. Tail compressed, slightly swollen, rounded above, the terminal scales feebly or strongly muIticarinate; terminal scute ending in a horizontal ridge (Smith 1943: 84).

Coloration: Brown with or without yellowish dots above, belly with small irregular yellow spots; no yellow band on the side of the tail (Smith 1943: 84).

Size: Total length: 190, diameter 6 mm (Smith 1943: 84). 
EtymologyNamed after Wilhelm Peters (1815-1883), German herpetologist. 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1878. Descriptions of new Uropeltidae from Southern India, with remarks on some previously described species. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1878: 154-155 - get paper here
  • Beddome, R.H. 1886. An account of the earth snakes of the Peninsula of India and Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 17: 3-33. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil 2003. Growth of Knowledge on the Reptiles of India, with an Introduction to Systematics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 100 (2-3): 446-502 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - 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.
  • 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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