Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bailey's Snake

Thermophis baileyi
Yesterday we learned about a Monkey that lives at a higher altitude than just about any other primate species. Today we'll talk about a snake that has that same distinction within its own family (what can I say, I got really inspired by an episode of Nature.)

Bailey's Snake is a species that is only found around the Chutsen Chugang Hot Spring in Tibet, though they may also be present by a few other nearby springs. The altitude of this area is around 14,300ft (4350m). They live higher up than any other snake species on the planet!

These snakes can be identified by their small size (they only grow to about 2.5ft), olive coloration, a dark stripe down the back, and a lighter underbelly.

Not much is known about the Bailey's Snake, even though they were first discovered and identified in 1907. The species is considered to be Vulnerable. Their home range is very small which makes them susceptible to population decline should anything happen to that area.

IUCN Status : Vulnerable
Location : Tibet
Size : Body Length up to 30in (76cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Reptilia -- Order : Squamata
Family : Colubridae -- Genus : Thermophis -- Species : T. baileyi

5 comments:

  1. i never knew all this before because im doing homework on this and this is useful thanks

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  2. it stincks are they carnivores omnivores or herbivores and what place are they consumers decomposers or primary or secondary consumers

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  3. i think thats nice i have a baileys snake.

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