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Least Concern (LC)

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"Nasal divided ; portion of rostral seen from above as long as its distance from the frontal or a little shorter ; suture between the iuternasals shorter than that between the prajfrontals ; frontal 318 COLUBKID.T;. longer than its distance from the end of the snout, as long as the parietals ; no loreal, the posterior nasal sometimes forming a suture with the prseocular ; praaocular single ; two postoculars ; temporals 1+2; usually 7 (rarely 6) upper labials, third aud fourth entering the eye, sixth frequently excluded from the labial border and taking the position of a lower anterior temporal ; 4 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin- shields ; posterior chin-shields one half to two thirds the length of the anterior. Scales in 17 rows. Yentrals 143-162; anal divided; subcaudals 28-36. Pale brown or greyish above, with a series of paired large oval or rhomboidal blackish spots edged with yellowish, which are usually united mesially ; a large, more irregular spot, below each dorsal spot ; head-markings consisting of a cresceiitic anterior cross-band, passing through the eye, an oblique baud on each side, from the parietal to below the angle of the mouth, and a broad angular baud on the nape, top of head frequently with black vermiculations. Lower surface black and yellow, the two colours in nearly equal proportions, except under the tail, where the yellow predominates, or where sometimes black spots are entirely wanting."


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