Senin, 25 Mei 2015

Common names: shieldtails.

Uropeltis is a genus of nonvenomous shield tail snakes endemic to southern India and Sri Lanka. Currently, 23 species are recognized.

Geographic range


Uropeltis species are found in southern India and Sri Lanka.



Eye in the ocular shield. No supraoculars. No temporals. No mental groove. Tail conical or obliquely truncated, terminating in a small scute, the end of which is square, or bicuspid with the points side by side.


* Not including the nominate subspecies.
T Type species.

See also

  • List of uropeltid species and subspecies
  • Uropeltidae by common name
  • Uropeltidae by taxonomic synonyms


Further reading

  • Boulenger GA. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. (Genus Silybura, p. 257, Figure 81).
  • Smith MA. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-region. Reptilia and Amphibia, Vol. III.â€"Serpentes. London: Secretary of State for India. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 583 pp. (Genus Uropeltis, p. 73).
  • Wall F. 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]: Colombo Museum. (H.R. Cottle, Government Printer). xxii + 581 pp. (Genus Uropeltis, pp. 23â€"25, Figures 7-9).

External links

  • Uropeltis at the Reptile Database. Accessed 1 September 2007.
  • Genus Uropeltis at Systema Naturae 2000. Accessed 2 September 2007.

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