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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:5, May, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(5): 1384-1390

Current Status and Diversity of Ophidians (Reptilia: Squamata: Serpents) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Central India
Amit Manhas1*, Rajni Raina2 and Ashwani Wanganeo1
1Department of Environmental Sciences and Limnology, Barkatullah University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2Department of Zoology, Government Science and Commerce (Benazir) College,
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
*Corresponding author

A survey was conducted on the status and diversity of ophidians of Bhopal between November 2015 and September 2016. Eighteen species of snakes belonging to 17 genera and 06 families (Boidae, Colubridae, Elapidae, Pythonidae, Typhlopidae and Viperidae) were recorded during this study period. Family colubridae contributed the maximum (08 species) number of species whereas family Typhlopidae contribute minimum (1 species). Ptyas mucosa and Xenochrophis piscator was found common among non-venomous snakes while the rarest was Dendrelaphis tristis and Lycodon aulicus belonging to the family Colubridae. Among venomous snakes Najanaja was observed common where Echis carinatus was found rare in present study. Mortality due to vehicular killings and with the hands of human was observed to be the main threat in the area. Although some of the species are well scheduled in wild life protection act 1972 still peoples are unaware about the protocols given. Thus we suggest awareness programs should be organized to aware local residents about the ecology and importance of these species in an ecosystem.

Keywords: Diversity, Ophidians, Status and Bhopal.

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Amit Manhas, Rajni Raina and Ashwani Wanganeo. 2017. Current status and Diversity of Ophidians (Reptilia: Squamata: Serpents) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, central India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(5): 1384-1390. doi:
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