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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Booidea

Familia: Uropeltidae
Genus: Teretrurus
Species: Teretrurus rhodogaster
Name

Teretrurus rhodogaster (Wall, 1921)
References
Links

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2021. Teretrurus rhodogaster. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 14 May 2020.
Srinivasulu, B., Srinivasulu, C., Ganesan, S.R., Prabhu, M., Sreekar, R. & Ramesh, M. 2013. IUCN: Brachyophidium rhodogaster (Least Concern). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T172611A1351984. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T172611A1351984.en

Vernacular names
English: Palni Mountain Burrowing Snake

Teretrurus rhodogaster is a species of nonvenomous shield tail snake, endemic to the Western Ghats of India. It is known as Wall's shield tail snake, Palni Mountain burrowing snake, or red-bellied shieldtail.

It is perhaps the smallest species of shield tail snake, with adults barely exceeding 5–6 in (130–150 mm).

Geographic range

It is found in South India, in the Western Ghats encompassing the Palni Hills (Shembaganur in Kodaikanal Hills, Palnis).

The type locality given is "Palnai Hills."[2]
References

Srinivasulu, B., Srinivasulu, C., Ganesan, S.R., Prabhu, M., Sreekar, R. & Ramesh, M. 2013. Brachyophidium rhodogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T172611A1351984. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T172611A1351984.en. Downloaded on 09 December 2018.
McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).

Pyron, R. A., Ganesh, S. R., Sayyed, A., Sharma, V., Wallach, V., & Somaweera, R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). Zoosystema, 38(4), 453-506.

Further reading

F. Wall (1921). "A new snake of the family Uropeltidae". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 28 (1): 41–42.

External links

Teretrurus rhodogaster at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 1 September 2007.

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