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Indian Flap-shelled Turtle
2007-03-19 18:46:45

The Indian Flap-shelled Turtle, Lissemys punctata, is a species of turtle found in South Asia. They are widespread and not uncommon. Its range includes Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, and Burma (Irrawaddy and Salween rivers). It has been introduced to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also found in the desert ponds of Rajasthan where hundreds are killed every year during...

Banded Krait
2007-03-19 18:16:06

The Banded Krait, Bungarus fasciatus, is a venomous snake found in India and Southeast Asia. It occurs in the whole of the Indo-Chinese sub-region, the Malaysian peninsula and archipelago of Southern China. It has been recorded from northeast India through Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and southern China to Malaysia and the main Indonesian islands of Borneo (Java and Sumatra), as...

Common Krait
2007-03-19 17:57:58

The Common Krait, Bungarus caeruleus, is a type of krait that is found in the jungles of the Indian sub-continent. It is highly venomous and is one of the four most venomous snakes in India. The body colour varies from a dark steely blue-black to a pale faded bluish grey. The average length is 40 inches. It has large hexagonal scales running down its spine. The white cross bands are more...

Indian Earth Snake
2007-03-19 17:33:38

The Indian Earth Snake, Uropeltis pulneyensis, is a species of snake found in the Western Ghats of India. Typically it is found in the Palni and Travancore hills at elevations of 5000 to 7000 feet. The male grows to about 12 inches long, where as the female is generally smaller at only 6 - 8 inches long.

Phipsons Shieldtail
2007-03-19 17:32:33

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...

Salty Earth Snake
2007-03-19 17:30:58

The Salty Earth Snake, Rhinophis sanguineus, is a species of snake found in the Western Ghats of India. The snake is found in mountainous areas typically over 3500 feet in elevation. The body is bluish-black with a bright red belly and mottled black. The male averages about 13 inches long while the female is slightly smaller at 10 inches in length.

2007-03-19 15:14:21

The Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, is one of two surviving members of the family Gavialidae. The Gharial (also known as gavial) is found in small numbers in India and other small populations in the Kaladan and Ayeyarwady River basins in Myanmar. Most gharials are adapted to calmer areas in deep fast moving rivers. They rarely leave the water and do so only to bask in the sun or nest on sandbanks...

Bull shark
2007-03-13 10:06:17

The Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, also known as the Bull whaler, Zambezi River shark or colloquially Zambi, is common worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and well-known for its unpredictable, often aggressive behavior. They have a tolerance for fresh water that is unique among marine sharks, and can travel far up rivers, posing a threat to those who venture into the water. As a...

2007-02-13 14:54:34

The Ricefish are a family (Adrianichthyidae) of small ray-finned fish that are found in fresh and brackish waters from India to Japan and out into the Indo-Australian Archipelago, most notably Sulawesi. There are about 27 species, some extremely rare and endangered, and some 2-4 may already be extinct. Most of these species are quite small, with maximum lengths in the 0.79-1.57 in (2-4 cm)...

Indian Cobra Spectacled Cobra
2007-02-12 21:41:13

The Indian Cobra or Spectacled Cobra, Naja naja, is a species of venomous snake native to the Indian subcontinent. The Indian Cobra is one of the four most venomous snakes in India, but is accountable for few human fatalities. Like other cobras, the Indian cobra is famous for its threat display involving raising the front part of its body and spreading its hood. On the rear of this hood are...

Word of the Day
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.