Recent records of snakes (Squamata: Serpentes) from Nicobar Islands, India

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S. Harikrishnan
B.C. Choudhary
K. Vasudevan


Andaman and Nicobar Islands support a significant proportion of India’s herpetofauna. We conducted surveys for herpetofauna in the Nicobar Islands during 2008-2009. The Malayan Wolfsnake Lycodon subcinctus was recorded from Nicobar Islands for the first time. We also recorded Tiwari’s Wolfsnake Lycodon tiwarii from Car Nicobar Island for the first time since the original description. A large Colubrid Snake (Coelognathus sp.) of unknown identity was recorded from Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. These new records point to the inadequacy of surveys in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which may harbor several more unknown species.

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