Xylophis deepaki is a 20 cm long wood snake belonging to subfamily Xylophinae. It was named after the Indian herpetologist Deepak Veerappan, who contributed to the bringing of Xylophinae subfamily to accommodate the wood snakes. First found in Kanyakumari, this species is endemic to Tamil Nadu. They are found in several regions in the southern part of Western Ghats. This new species live in drier and lower altitude regions when compared to other Xylophinae.