Updated checklist of snakes with the first record of Spalerosophis arenarius in Gujarat and range extensions of five species of snakes in the northern region of Gujarat, India
Keywords:North Gujarat, Spalerosophis arenarius, systematic checklist, snake diversity
A complete checklist of herpetofaunal species is required in order to understand species richness and distribution, especially of reptiles. India has a total of 279 snake species, whereas Gujarat only has 60, leaving many opportunities for researchers to further investigate snake diversity in the state. The purpose of this study is to explore snake diversity in the northern region of Gujarat state, a region which comprises five districts, including four protected habitats. The data was collected through surveying forested habitat, examining road kills, and collecting rescue data from volunteers. The study recorded a total of 33 species from seven families showing a high diversity of snake species in the study area. Among them, Spalerosophis arenarius (Boulenger, 1890) was recorded for the first time in the state. With 22 species, Colubridae is the most commonly occurring snake family of the area. North Gujarat has a rich diversity of snakes and we suggest more detailed research on snake diversity and distribution in the future.
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Copyright (c) 2023 Jaydeep Maheta; Ranjeet Thakor, Prakash Shankhala, Dinesh Prajapati, Atulsinh Zala, Laxman Bharavad, Hasti Panseriya; Shruti Patel
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