Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Uropeltidae

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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


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

Number of genera, species

8 genera; 47 species


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


Sri Lanka and southern India


Sri Lanka and southern India

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