Uropeltidae

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Uropeltidae

Thumbnail description

Small, cylindrical, smooth-scaled snakes; many species have conical, pointed heads smaller than the anterior trunk and a blunt or even an obliquely flattened tail covered with one or more enlarged scales decorated with keels or spines

Size

7-23 in (18-58 cm) total length

Number of genera, species

8 genera; 47 species

Habitat

Moist soils of lowland and upland forests, under logs and loose cover, and among roots of trees and shrubs; many species occur in relatively compacted clay soils in which they actively burrow

Conservation status

Not classified by IUCN

Distribution

Sri Lanka and southern India

Distribution

Sri Lanka and southern India

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