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Nilgiri Keelback

The Nilgiri Keelback is a species of terrestrial snakes that is native to the Western Ghat mountain ranges, commonly known as the Nilgiris, in India.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Natricinae
    Genus Amphiesma
    Scientific Name A. beddomei

    Other Names Beddome’s Keelback Snake
    Length 20–26 in
    Color Brown base with a series of yellow spots, upper labials are also yellowish with black sutures; a yellow, oblique streak runs from the eye to the gape; a yellow band across the nape, behind the parietals; belly white with brown dots on the sides
    Distribution India
    Habitat Moist deciduous forests and evergreen forests
    Diet Mainly toads and frogs
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 22 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

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    Published on December 16th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 10th June 2019.

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