Platyceps bholanathi (Sharma, 1976)

Sharma’s racer, Nagarjunasagar racer



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976


Conservation Status

Last record: 1976?

Rediscovered on 5 February 2012 (15 July 2012?)



Andhra Pradesh (including Hyderabad) & Tamil Nadu, India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Sharma, R. C. (1976). Some observations on ecology and systematics of Coluber bholanathi, a new species of snake from India. Comparative Physiology & Ecology 1(3): 105-107.


Other references:

Deshwal, Anant and Becker, Brian. (2017). New Locality Record of Nagarjunasagar Racer (Coluber bholanathi) (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from Near Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, India. Russian Journal of Herpetology 24(3): 245-247. [Abstract]

Ganesh S. R., Adimallaiah D., and Kailash P. K. (2013). New locality records of Nagarjun Sagar Racer snake, Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976. Herpetotropicos 9(1-2): 9-12.

M. Bubesh Guptha, Nimmakayala Venkata Sivaram Prasad and Deepak Veerappan. (2012). Rediscovery and range extension of Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 from Seshachalam hills, Andhra Pradesh, India. Herpetology Notes 5: 447-448.

Joshi, Viral. (2021). New Sightings of Nagarjunasagar Racers, Platyceps bholanathi (Sharma 1976), from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. Reptiles & Amphibians 28(1): 63-64.

Lokesh, Spoorthi et al. (2021). Additional Locality Records of the Nagarjunasagar Racer, Platyceps bholanathi (Colubridae), from Karnataka, India. Reptiles & Amphibians 28(2): 285-287.


Narayana, B. Laxmi and Sandeep, M. (2021). Recent Records of the Nagarjunasagar Racer, Platyceps bholanathi (Sharma 1976), from Telangana, India. Reptiles & Amphibians 28(1): 89-90.

Samson, Arockfanathan, Santhoshkumar, Palanfsamy, Ramakrfshnan, Balasundaram, Karthfck, Sfvaraj and Gnaneswa, Chandrashekarunf. (2017). New distribution record of Nagarjunasagar Racer Platyceps bholanathi (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) in Sigur, Nilgiris landscape, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(3): 10014-10017.

Midathala Seetharamaraju and Chelmala Srinivasulu. (2013). Discovery and description of male specimen of Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Reptilia: Colubridae) from Hyderabad, India. TAPROBANICA 5(1): 32-35. [Abstract]

Sharma, Vivek et al. (2013). A Contribution to Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Russian Journal of Herpetology 20(4): [pagination?]. [Abstract]

Smart, Utpal, Louies, J. and Vattam, A. (2014). Report of Nagarjunasagar Racer Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Gingee Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6(4): 5671-5674.


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