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Khasi Hills keelback
Physical description
HabitatFreshwater lakes, rivers and streams
DietCarnivorous
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
SuborderSerpentes
FamilyColubridae
SubfamilyNatricinae
GenusAmphiesma
SpeciesA. khasiense
Distribution
Distribution of speciesIndia, Laos, Vietnam and China.

The Khasi Hills keelback (Amphiesma khasiense) is a snake species found in India (primarily in the province of Assam), Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and parts of China (Yunnan, Tibet).

NourishmentEdit

The Khasi Hills keelback's nutritional intake consists primarily of toads.

DescriptionEdit

It is a reddish brown snake with a white transverse bar running across the supra labial scales. The dorsal scales are in 19 rows, rather strongly keeled, except for smooth outer row. The ventrals number 150-154, the subcaudals 80-100. The anal plate is divided. Adults are about 60 cm (23½ in.) total length, of which about 19 cm (7½ in.) is tail.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History) Volume I. London.
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890 The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp.

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