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Banded Kukri

Oligodon arnensis


I'd spotted this beautiful non venomous snake in my hospital premises. The nasal scale is divided; the portion of rostral seen from above is as long as its distance from the frontal or a little shorter; the suture between the internasals is usually nearly as long as that between the prefrontals. The frontal is as long as its distance from the end of the snout or a little shorter, and a little shorter than the parietals. The loreal, if distinct, is longer than it is deep, and frequently united with the prefrontal. It has one preocular and two postoculars; the temporals are 1+2; of its seven upper labials, the third and fourth enter the eye; its four lower labials are in contact with the anterior chin shields; the posterior chin shields are one-half to two-thirds the length of the anterior. Its scales are in 17 rows. The ventrals are angulated laterally, and number 170-202; the anal scale is divided; subcaudals are 41-59 in number. The banded kukuri snake is pale brown or orange above, with well-defined black crossbands, which vary in number and in width according to individuals, and may be edged with white; an angular or transverse black band is found between the eyes, with another behind, with the apex on the frontal, and a third on the nape. Its lower surface is uniform yellowish, rarely spotted with brown, or with a brown posterior border to the ventrals.It is found in India and Sri Lanka, northwards to Nepal and the Himalayas, where it has been recorded from an altitude of 4100 feet.

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Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 8 months ago

Thank you!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 months ago

Very attractive ! thanks for sharing this Ashutosh.

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 8 months ago

Thank you Team PN

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Spotted by
Ashutosh Dudhatra

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Jan 16, 2020
Submitted on Jan 16, 2020

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