Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863:206

Indian egg-eating snake, Indian egg-eater, Westermann's snake, Indian egg eater snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1969

Rediscovered in 2003

IUCN status: Least Concern





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Reinhardt, J. (1863). Om en ny Slaegt af SlangefamilienRachiodontidae [On a new genus of snake family Rachiodontidae]. Overs. K. Danske Vidensk. Selsk. Forh. 1(2): 198-210.


Other references:

Das, I. (2002). Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863, pp. 857-860. In: Schleich, H. H. and Kästle, W. (eds.) Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. A. R. G. Gantner Verlag, Ruggell.

Moulton, C. and Hulsey, E. J. (1999). Kanha Tiger Reserve. Portrait of an Indian National Park. Mumbai: Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd.

Narayanan, A. (2012). Records of Indian Egg Eater Snake Elachistodon westermanni in the localities of Shegaon, District Buldhana, Maharashtra, India. Reptile Rap. 14: 9-12.

Sharma, Vivek. (2014). On the distribution of Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863 (Serpentes, Colubridae). Russian Journal of Herpetology 21(3): 161-165.

Srinivasulu, C., Srinivasulu, B., Vyas, R., Thakur, S., Mohapatra, P. & Giri, V. (2013). Elachistodon westermanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 01 December 2014.

Thakur, S. (2011). A note on snakes of Kanha National Park and surrounding areas. Reptile Rap. 11: 2-5.

Vyas, Raju. (2006). Story of a snake’s photograph from Gujaratand notes on further distribution of the Indian egg-eater snake: Herpinstance 3(2): 1-4.

Vyas, Raju. (2010). Distribution of Elachistodon westermanni in Gujarat. Reptile Rap. 10: 7-8.

Vyas, Raju. (2013). Notes and comments on distribution of a snake: Indian Egg Eater (Elachistodon westermanni). Russ. J. Herpetol. 20(1): 39-42.

Vyas, Raju, Patel, Harshil and Duthatra, Bhautik. (2017). The Indian Egg-Eating Snake, Elachistodon westermanni (Colubridae): Comments on Distribution and New Localities from Gujarat, India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 24(3): 203-206.

Wall, F. (1913). A rare snake Elachistodon westermanni from the Jalpaiguri District. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 22(2): 400-401.


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