Photo © unnikrishnan edakkoli, all rights reserved
Ramapuram, Kottayam, Kerala, India (Google, OSM)
9.7821446126, 76.7010498047


Got one snake from Ramapuram area of Kottayam District. Kerala. The altitude is around 56.7 metres from MSL. I got it from an abandoned paddy field at about 3.30pm in the afternoon.The sky was cloudy.Temparature was around 40 degrees. The snake came to the open from a paddy field which is covered with a rich growth of creepers and small perennial plants.
Description: color :Brown dorsally and white ventrally.The flanks have a reddish tinge.
Length : 53.5 cms including the tail.
Tail length : 16.5 cms
Eyes : Large and bulging.Black with round pupils. Two white distinct stripes on the pre ocular as well as on the post ocular shields.
Ventrals : 153 in no.
Anal : Divided
Sub caudals : 89 in no. Paired
Dorsal scales : 19 in no.
Supra Labiala : 8 in no.
Dorsal scales are rough in texture.There are three or four prominent ridges on each side of the body towards the rear end.Body slender.Indistinct flower like brick red markings can be seen on the dorsal side on careful examination.Markings are regular located through the spinals.
No Fangs.
Unfortunately no good photographs are available.Just two unclear poly chromatic mobile shots are the only images to be posted.

Inference : I think the specimen is Amphiesma monticola. Not sure with the identification. Want to get it confirmed by experts.

Apr. 20, 2012 22:28:49 +0530

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Cool, if it is it would be our first on iNat! If you accept the invitation to the Global Reptile Bioblitz this may get some more attention from herpetologists.

Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)

I have got one more photo of the specimen but it too is a low quality mobile snap.How to post it here...?

Posted by unnikrishnan over 2 years ago (Flag)
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