New species of snake discovered in W Ghats :
Researchers have discovered a new snake species in the Western Ghats in Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts.
It is a burrowing snake of the Melanophidium genus and belongs to the Uropeltidae family of snakes. All species of this group are burrowers that live mostly underground.
The species has been named after Pune-based herpetologist Neelimkumar Khaire to pay tribute to his contribution to the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of snakes in India.
The scientific name of the species is Melanophidium khairei while its common name is Khaire’s Black Shieldtail. It is distinct from three other species of the similar genus.