Phipson’s Shieldtail

Phipson’s Shieldtail, Uropeltis phipsonii, is a species of snake found in the Western Ghats of India. The species is named after H. M. Phipson, one of the founders of the Bombay Natural History Society. Endemic to India, this snake has been reported at several places around Maharastra including hills around Mumbai and Pune.

It is cylindrical bodied, smooth-scaled, with the head narrow then the neck. The tail is very short and appears to be cut in slant. There is a broad yellow stripe on each side of the tail. Its behavior is unknown, though it spends most of its time underground. It is active above ground after heavy rains. Its diet consists of earthworms. It has many predators including birds and wild boar.