Phipson's Shieldtail Uropeltis phipsonii is a species of snake found in the Western Ghats. The species is named after H. M. Phipson, one of the founders of the Bombay Natural History Society.
Cylindrical bodied, smooth-scaled, Head narrower than the neck. tail very short appears to be cut in slant. A broad yellow stripe on each side of the tail.
Largely unknown, lives underground, a burrower. Active above ground after heavy rains. Eats earthworms
. A docile snake that has many predators including birds and wild boar
Endemic to India, reported at several places around Maharastra including hills around Mumbai and Pune.
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- Rajendran, M. 1985 Studies in Uropeltid Snakes. Madurai University Press, Madurai.
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