IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

Distribution

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Range Description

Uropeltis phipsonii is endemic to the Western Ghats, India and is known from Bombay Ghats between Bombay (=Mumbai) and Goa, and to the south up to the Anaimalai Hills, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu (Smith 1943). However, there are no clear locality records. Boulenger (1893) lists Bombay and Deccan (present day Ghats between Mumbai and Pune) in the present day Maharashtra, and North Canara and Biligirirangans in the present day Karnataka. This species has also been reported from Belgaum, Dharwar and Mysore in Karnataka (see Whitaker and Captain 2004) and The Nilgiris, Anamalai Hills and Kanyakumari district (Smith 1943, Vijayakumar et al. 2001, Whitaker and Captain 2004). Whitaker and Captain (2004) restrict its distribution to hills of Bombay (=Mumbai) and Pune (=Poona) and opin that other records need reconfirmation. Given this uncertainty the snake's extent of occurrence is unclear, but is provisionally considered to be around 16-18,000 km2 following the concept applied by Whitaker and Captain (2004). This species occurs at elevations between 400 and 700 m asl.

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