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Uropeltis beddomii (GÜNTHER, 1862)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Beddome's Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura beddomii GÜNTHER 1862
Silybura beddomii — BEDDOME 1864: 179
Silybura beddomii — BOULENGER 1893: 153
Uropeltis beddomei SMITH 1943 (nom. subst. pro Silybura beddomii)
Uropeltis beddomii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 142
Uropeltis beddomii — DAS 2003
Uropeltis beddomii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 779 
DistributionS India (Anaimalai Hills, Kerala)

Type locality: ,,Anamallay Hills.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.13—1946.1.16.15. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout acutely pointed; portion of rostral visible from above as long as the distance between it and tbe posterior extremity of the frontal shield, separating the nasals for more than half their length: eye one-third the length of the ocular shield. Scales in 17 rows; V. 180-188, one and a third times as broad as the adjacent scales; C. 6-7. Tail as in ellioti (Smith 1943: 78).

Coloration. Brown above, the median 6 or 8 dorsal scale-rows with minute yellow spots; these are on the sides of the scales and form more or less distinct longitudinal lines; lower parts lighter brown with yellowish spots, which are confined to the posterior margins of the scales; a yellow streak on each side of the neck; a yellow bar across the anal region (Smith 1943: 78).

Total length: 250, diameter 7 mm (Smith 1943: 78). 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist. 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1864. Description of new species of the family Uropeltidae from Southern India, with notes on other little-known species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 13: 177-180 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Günther, ALBERT 1862. On new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 9: 52-67. - 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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