Rhabdophis bindi

Rhabdophis bindi is a new snake species found in Assam. It has distinctive bindi-like mark on its back, which is absent in all other species of the genus Rhabdophis. The genus Rhabdophis has 27 species, spread across South, East and Southeast Asia.
The new species was first discovered in 2007 survey in and around Barail Hill Range in Cachar district of Assam. Morphologically, the new species resembles the Himalayan Red Necked Keelback, widely found the northeast. However, unlike the Himalayan Red Necked Keelback, which is found only in elevations above 600m, the new species dwells in lowland evergreen forests below 100 m from the sea level.


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