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Captain's Wood Snake
Physical description
Binomial nameXylophis captaini
Conservational Status
StatusLC
IUCN statusIUCN 3.1
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
SuborderSerpentes
FamilyColubridae
SubfamilyXenodermatinae
GenusXylophis
SpeciesX. captaini

The Captain's Wood Snake (Xylophis captaini) is a species of wood snake described in 2007. The holotype is known from Kannam, Kottayam district, in the state of Kerala and was found in 2000. The snake has been recorded at low altitudes on the western side of the southern part of the Western Ghats, south of the Palakkad Gap.

The snake is named for Ashok Captain for his work on Indian snakes.

Sources Edit

  • D. J. Gower & J. D. Winkler. 2007. Taxonomy of The Indian snake Xylophis Beddome (Serpentes: Caenophidia), with description of a new species. [pdf] Hamadryad. 31(2):315–329.

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