Uropeltis beddomii

Uropeltis beddomii

Uropeltis beddomii, Beddome's earth snake

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Uropeltis beddomii

Uropeltis beddomii, commonly known as Beddome's earth snake, is a species of snake in the family Uropeltidae. The species is endemic to India.

Animal name origin

The specific name beddomii is in honor of Richard Henry Beddome (1830–1911), British army officer and botanist.


The dorsum of U. beddomii is brown, with a yellow streak on each side of the neck. A yellow crossband is at the base of the tail, but not on the sides of the tail. The ventrum is brown mixed with yellow.

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The longest specimen in the type series collected by Col. Beddome is a female 27.5 cm (10+3⁄4 in) in total length (including tail).

Dorsal scales are in 19 rows behind the head, and in 17 rows at midbody. Ventrals number 180-188; subcaudals number six or seven (females).

The snout is acutely pointed, strongly projecting. The rostral is strongly compressed, keeled above, the portion visible from above two fifths the length of the shielded part of the head. The nasals are in contact with each other behind the rostral. The frontal is longer than broad. The eye is very small, less than ½ the length of the ocular. The diameter of body goes 33 to 44 times in the total length. The ventrals are less than twice as large as the contiguous dorsal scales. The end of the tail is subtruncate, convex, or somewhat flattened dorsally, the scales with 3 to 5 strong keels. The terminal scute has a transverse ridge and two points.

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Biogeographical realms

U. beddomii is found in southern India (Anaimalai Hills). The type locality is "Anamallay Hills".

Mating Habits

U. beddomii is viviparous.


1. Uropeltis beddomii Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uropeltis_beddomii
2. Uropeltis beddomii on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/172694/1368266

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