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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis: Sarcopterygii
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: Typhlopoidea

Familia: Gerrhopilidae
Genus: Gerrhopilus
Species: Gerrhopilus beddomii

Gerrhopilus beddomii (Boulenger, 1890)

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Gerrhopilus beddomii. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 5 October 2021.

Beddome's worm snake (Gerrhopilus beddomii) is a species of harmless blind snake in the family Gerrhopilidae. The species is native to southern India. No subspecies are currently recognized.[4]


G. beddomii is named after Richard Henry Beddome (1830-1911), a British army officer and botanist.[5]
Geographic range

Beddome's worm snake is found in southern India in the Western Ghats and in the Kimedy Hills near Visakhapatnam in eastern India.

The type locality given is "Hills of the Indian Peninsula ... Kimedy Hills, (Visakhapatnam district) and in the Anaimalai and Travancore Hills between 2000 and 5000 feet"[2] (about 600–1500 m).

The preferred natural habitat of G. beddomii is forest, at altitudes of 600–950 m (1,970–3,120 ft).[1]

G. beddomii may attain a total length (including tail) of 14 cm (5.5 in). Dorsally, it is brown, often with a darker vertebral line. Ventrally, it is paler brown. The rounded snout and the anal region are whitish.[6]

G. beddomii is oviparous.[3]

Srinivasulu, B.; Srinivasulu, C.; Ganesan, S.R. (2013). "Gerrhopilus beddomii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T172678A1365513. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T172678A1365513.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
Species Gerrhopilus beddomii at The Reptile Database
"Typhlops beddomii ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Typhlops beddomii, p. 21).

Smith MA (1943).

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 & Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. (Typhlops beddomii, new species, p. 237).
Boulenger GA (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families Typhlopidæ, ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 440 pp. + Plates I–XXVIII. (Typhlops beddomii, p. 18 + Plate I, Figures 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d).
Sharma RC (2003). Handbook: Indian Snakes. Kolkata: Zoological Survey of India. 292 pp. ISBN 978-8181711694.
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.—Serpentes. London: Secretary of State for India. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 583 pp. (Typhlops beddomei, pp. 54–55).
Vidal N, Marin J, Morini M, Donnellan S, Branch WR, Thomas R, Vences M, Wynn A, Cruaud C, Hedges SB (2010). "Blindsnake evolutionary tree reveals long history on Gondwana". Biology Letters 6: 558–561.
Whitaker R, Captain A (2008). Snakes of India: The Field Guide. Chennai: Draco Books. 495 pp. ISBN 978-8190187305.


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