Notes on Distribution, Natural History and Habitat Use of a Colubridae Snake, Rhabdops olivaceus (Beddome, 1863)

Harshal Satish Bhosale, Devavrat Joshi


Rhabdops olivaceus is a poorly known endemic Indian colubrid snake, reported only from few localities in the Western Ghats. The species is believed to be a nocturnal semi-aquatic forest species restricted to high elevation forest streams. Apart from this, little is known about its natural history and distributions. Herein, we present our observations on the occurrence and natural history of multiple individuals of R. olivaceus from Satara district, Maharashtra. Nearly all observed individuals were found to inactive during the day, suggesting nocturnal activity which is concurrent with previous knowledge. However, in addition to perennial forest streams, the species was also frequently encountered on lateritic plateaus, inhabiting small season pools. These findings suggest that the species might be more widespread than previous thought to be, occupying a range of habitats.


lateritic plateaus; seasonal pools; habitat use; distribution; natural history

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