REPORT OF KERALA MUD SNAKE DIEUROSTUS DUSSUMIERII FROM A BEACH IN KOCHI, KERALA

  • DOKI ADIMALLAIAH WILDLIFE CRIME CONTROL BUREAU, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS SUB-REGIONAL OFFICE, C-3, KENDRIYA BHAVAN, KAKKAND, KOCHI-628037, KERALA

Abstract

The Kerala mud snake Dieurostus dussumierii (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854) is a little-known Homalopsid water snake endemic to southwestern Indian coastal plains (Chandramouli et al., 2012; Kumar & Captain, 2011; Kumar et al., 2012). Precise locality records are from Thrissur to Thiruvananthapuram. Based on a recent molecular study (Kumar et al., 2012), its generic allocation was reassessed and was changed from Enhydris to Dieurostus. It is locally known as “kanda pampu” (paddy snake) in southern Kerala and “cheli kutta” (mud snake) in the north, suggesting its affinity towards inhabiting freshwater marshlands and water-logged paddy fields (Chandramouli et al., 2012; Kumar & Captain, 2011). In this note, I report my record of Kerala mud snake from a sandy beach stretch adjoining the seacoast in Kochi, Kerala.
How to Cite
ADIMALLAIAH, DOKI. REPORT OF KERALA MUD SNAKE DIEUROSTUS DUSSUMIERII FROM A BEACH IN KOCHI, KERALA. LIFE SCIENCES LEAFLETS, [S.l.], v. 48, jan. 2014. ISSN 0976-1098. Available at: <http://petsd.org/ojs/index.php/lifesciencesleaflets/article/view/42>. Date accessed: 21 july 2017.
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