Rhinophis fergusonianus

Rhinophis fergusonianus

Rhinophis fergusonianus, Cardamom hills earth snake

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Rhinophis fergusonianus

Rhinophis fergusonianus, commonly known as the Cardamom Hills earth snake, is a species of uropeltid snake endemic to the Western Ghats, India.

Animal name origin

The specific name, fergusonianus, is in honor of Scottish zoologist Harold S. Ferguson.

Appearance

The holotype of R. fergusonianus measures 32 cm (13 in) in total length (including tail), 40 times its width. The eyes are very small. The snout is acutely pointed. The body is longitudinally striated. It is blackish above, and the sides are white, dotted and spotted with black. The belly is white, with black dots and two series of large black spots, partially confluent into a zigzag band. The caudal disc is black and edged all round with yellow.

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R. fergusonianus is only known from the type specimen collected in the Cardamom Hills in Travancore, a part of the southern Western Ghats in modern Kerala, southeastern India.

Mating Habits

R. fergusonianus is viviparous.

References

1. Rhinophis fergusonianus Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinophis_fergusonianus
2. Rhinophis fergusonianus on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/178234/1528417

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