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The dangerously venomous Macclelland's Coral Snake (Sinomicrurus macclellandi) is known from India (Sikkim, Assam), Thailand, southern China, Vietnam, and Myanmar. In Myanmar, it is known from Kachin State (e.g., found during the day in subtropical forest, Northern Triangle, at 526 m elevation) south to (?) Yangon Division (based on questionable record). Outside Myanmar, this species has been recorded from elevations of 350 m - 2000 m. It is reportedly generally nocturnal. In Thailand, it is usually found under loose soil or vegetation in forests up to 1800 m. (Leviton et al. 2003 and references therein)

Leviton et al. (2003) provide a technical description of inomicrurus macclellandi: Vertebral series of scales not enlarged; body scales in 13 parallel longitudinal rows; 1 preocular; 2 postoculars7 upper labials; temporals 1 + 1, the anterior shield in contact with 2 upper labials; color pattern red or brownish above with a series of narrow black transverse bars (sometimes a narrow black vertebral stripe with transverse black bars restricted to sides of body (Eastern Himalayas] or black transverse bars reduced to transverse vertebral spots [Assam, Upper Myanmar]; head black anteriorly reaching back to the level of the eyes, followed by a broad white band, which is bordered posteriorly by a blacjk nuchal band. Ventrals: male 182-212, females 208-244subcaudals mostly paired, occasionally a few single: males 28-36, females 25-33. Total length: male 635 mm, female 780 mm; tail length: male 70 mm, female 60 mm.


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