|Psammophis condanarus (Merrem, 1820)|
We present new records of the Indian Sand Snake Psammophis condanarus from southern India, where its existence has remained doubtful till date. Our records are based on both live and preserved voucher specimens that are illustrated and described here. We furnish distribution records of this species from two sites belonging to two different ecoregions in southern India—Tirupati in the Eastern Ghats and Hospete in the Deccan plateau. Our work highlights the obscurity of certain, large-growing, diurnal land snakes that have as yet managed to evade the attention of field biologists largely due to a lack of field surveys in certain ecoregions.
Keywords: Distribution, literature records, snake, southern India.
Psammophis condanarus (Merrem, 1820)
Coluber condanarus Merrem, 1820
Leptophis bellii Jerdon, 1854
Psammophis taeniata Günther, 1862
Psammophis indicus Beddome, 1863
Phayrea isabellina Theobald, 1868 (inc. sed. fide Wall 1921)
Psammophis sibilans quadrilineata Jan, 1870 in Jan & Sordelli, 1866–1870
Mike elegantissima Werner, 1924
Psammophis condanarus condanarus - Smith 1943
Taphrometopon condanarum - Wallach et al. 2014
S.R. Ganesh, Vivek Sharma and M. Bubesh Guptha. 2017. Records of the Indian Sand Snake Psammophis condanarus (Merrem, 1820) (Reptilia: Lamprophiidae) in southern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9(7); 10453-10458. DOI: 10.11609/jott.34126.96.36.19953-10458