February 28, 2024


  • A tiny snake “Xylophis deepaki” has been named in honour of Indian herpetologist Deepak Veerappan for his contribution in erecting a new subfamily Xylophiinae to accommodate wood snakes.
  • The common name suggested for the species is ‘Deepak’s wood snake’.

About Xylophis deepaki:

  • It is a tiny snake of just 20 cm length with iridescent scales.
  • It was first found on a coconut plantation in Kanyakumari.
  • It is now reported to be an endemic species of Tamil Nadu and also been sighted in some parts of the southern Western Ghats.
  • It is found in the drier regions and in lower altitudes around Agasthyamalai hills.
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