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Yunnan keelback
Physical description
HabitatFreshwater lakes, rivers and streams
DietCarnivorous
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
SuborderSerpentes
FamilyColubridae
SubfamilyNatricinae
GenusAmphiesma
SpeciesA. parallelum
Distribution
Distribution of speciesIndia, Vietnam, China, Tibet and Nepal.

The Yunnan keelback (Amphiesma parallelum) is a snake species found in India, primarily in the province of Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It is also found in Myanmar, Vietnam, Yunnan province of southern China, Tibet and Nepal.

DescriptionEdit

Dorsally A. parallelum is brown with two parallel yellowish, black-edged stripes on the body and tail. The ventrals and subcaudals are uniform yellow, or with a black dot on each side. There is a black streak from the eye to the corner of the mouth, and the labials are yellow. Adults may attain 56 cm (22 inches) in total length with a tail of 14 cm (5½ inches).[1]


ReferencesEdit

  • Boulenger, George A. 1890 The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp.
  1. Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I. London. p. 223 & PLATE XIII, fig. 2.

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