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Beddome's black earth snake

(Melanophidium punctatum)

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Description

Snout rounded;rostral small,just visible from above;frontal as long as or longer than its distance from the end of the snout;suture between the ocular and the frontal less than one third the length of the latter shield.Eye very small.Diameter of body 42 to 48 times in the total length.15 scales round the middle of the body,17 behind the head.Ventrals rather more than twice as broad as the contiguous scales,184-198;subcaudals 15-18.Black above,beautifully iridescent;ventrals and the two lower series of scales on each side with a broad white border

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Uropeltidae
Genus:Melanophidium
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