Myriopholis blanfordi

Range: northwestern India to Afghanistan and Iran, possibly Arabian Peninsula

 

The Sindh threadsnake is a widespread but barely described species, found in the semi-arid to arid regions of northwestern Indian and Pakistan north to Afghanistan and southern Iran; reports claim potentially the Arabian Peninsula as well but these are unconfirmed. Recorded as up to 24 cm in length, this species possesses a small, rounded head barely wider than the neck with a heavily overarching upper jaw, an exceedingly slender body (ratio 1/70 width to length) and a short but not insignificant blunt tail tipped with a sharp point. Scale row count is 14 midbody (10 on the tail), dorsal count could not be found but is expected to be high, 250-300+. Coloration is a very pale pink or fleshy tone to almost translucent (one can often see the spine or even organs through the skin). This species can be distinguished from relatives not only by its very eastern range but also its notably large ocular scales touching the lip, rostral scales twice the width of the nasals, as well as its overall slender build and pale color.

 

Habitat: Rocky or sandy regions up to 1200 meters in elevation, often found in moister pockets under rocks or litter.

 

Prey: Unknown, likely ant and termite larvae.

 

Lifespan and reproduction: lifespan unknown, likely under 7 years. Oviparous, lays a singular elongate ovular egg 25 x 2.5 mm in dimension.

 

Sources: https://static.inaturalist.org/photos/19456823/medium.jpeg?1528609987

https://spemmamaclaren.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/the-evolutionary-tree-classification-of-snakes/

https://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Myriopholis&species=blanfordi&search_param=((genus%3D%27M%27))

https://archive.org/stream/reptiliabatrachi00boul#page/242/mode/2up

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