July 2, 2020

Assam keelback has recently been rediscovered after 129 years in Arunachal Pradesh.


  • Scientific Name: Herpetoreas pealii.

  • Common Name: Assam keelback; Peal's keelback.

  • Family: It is a species of snake in the subfamily Natricinae of the family Colubridae.

  • Distribution: The species is endemic to Northeast India. It has been recorded from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Physical description: The species is small — about 60 cm long, brownish, with a patterned belly.

  • Background: It was discovered 129 years ago in 1891 by Samuel Edward Peal, a British tea planter based in Upper Assam.