Indian Smooth Snake

Coronella brachyura


Identification

Smooth scaled slender shaped snake. Head slightly broader than neck. Large eyes have round pupil. Snout is not pointed. Back is light dark brown in color. Forebody possessed distinct checkered board patterns. Underside creamy white.

Length: 1.8ft to maximum 1.83ft.

Scalation

Scales in 23:23:19rows. Ventrals 200-224, rounded; anal entire; subcaudals 46-53, paired. Loreal 1; preocular 1; postoculars 2; temporal 2+2; supralabials 8 (4th and 5th touching eye).

Habitat and Reproduction

They are found near stone pile in arid areas but can be found in trees. The species is oviparous and lay eggs in beginning of monsoon.

Bite

Bite records are not very well known but this species is known to be mild-tempered.

Distribution:

Indian smooth snake is endemic to India and previous records are from Maharashtra. Recently the species is recorded in Churiya block of Rajnandgaon district Chhattisgarh.

Threats:

 

Rarely seen and little is known about this snake. Further studies are required about its habitat and other information.


Important Tags


Indian Smooth SnakeColubridae Coronella brachyura

Name
Indian Smooth Snake
Family
Colubridae
Scientific Name
Coronella brachyura
Synonymes
Bharatiya Chikna Sanp
Venom Type
Other/NO
Look Like
Banded racer



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