Calliophis nigrescens (*)
Black Coral Snake Calliophis nigrescens is a species of venomous snake found in the Western Ghats of India.
See snake scales for terms used
Rostral broader than long; frontal as long as its distance from the end of the snout, much shorter than tho parietals; one pre- and two postoculars; a single temporal; 7 upper labials, third and fourth entering the eye ; anterior chin-shields as long as the posterior or a little shorter, in contact with four labials. Scales in 13 rows. Ventrals 232-261; anal usually divided; subcaudals 33-44. This species comprises four principal colour varieties, which ore connected by insensible gradations; in all the head and nape are black, with an oblique yellow band, sometimes broken up into spots, on each side from the parietals to behind the angle of the mouth, and the upper lip is yellow in front of and behind the eye; lower parts uniform red.
* A. Dark purplish brown above, with three or five longitudinal series of black, light-edged spots.
Western Ghats, Karwar, Wayanad, Nilgiris, Anamalai and Travancore hills at 4000–6000 feet.
1. ^ Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.
* Günther, A. 1862 On new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 9: 124-132
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