Species Diversity of Snakes in Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve

Species Diversity of Snakes in Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve

Project Animal(s) : Snake
Project Category : Reptiles
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Conservation
Project URL : https://www.longdom.org/abstract/species-diversity-of-snakes-in-pachmarhi-biosphere-reserve-10870.html
Project is timebound? : No

Madhya Pradesh (MP), the central Indian state is well-renowned for reptile fauna. In particular, Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve (PBR) regions (Districts Hoshangabad, Betul and Chindwara) of MP comprises a vast range of reptiles, especially herpeto fauna yet unexplored from the conservation point of view. Earlier inventory herpeto fauna study conducted in2005 at MP and Chhattisgarh (CG) reported 6 snake families included 39 species. After this preliminary report, no literature existing regarding snake diversity of this region. This situation incited us to update the snake diversity of PBR
regions. From 2010 to 2012, we conducted a detailed field study and recorded 31 species of 6 snake families (Boidae, Colubridae, Elapidae, Typhlopidea, Uropeltidae, and Viperidae) in Hoshanagbad District (Satpura Tiger Reserve) andPBR regions. Besides, we found the occurrence of
Boiga forsteni and Coelognatus helena monticollaris (Colubridae),which was not previously reported in PBR region. Among the recorded, 9 species were Lower Risk – least concerned(LR-lc), 20 were of Lower Risk – near threatened (LR-nt), 1 is Endangered (EN) and 1 is vulnerable (VU) according to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status. Hence, there is an urgent need for strategies to conserve these rare and threatened snakes in PBR

Project Agency : Personal

Project Agency Contact : Personal

Project Researcher : Dr Sandeep

Project Researcher Contact : +91 9179416667

Additional Information :

We recorded 31 species of 6 snake families (Boidae, Colubridae,Elapidae, Typhlopidea, Uropeltidae, and Viperidae)