Definition of shieldtail snake in English:

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shieldtail snake

Pronunciation: /ˈSHēl(d)tāl ˌsnāk/
(also shield-tailed snake)


A burrowing snake that has a flat disk formed from an enlarged scale on the upper surface of the tail, native to the rainforests of southern India and Sri Lanka.
  • Rhinophis, Uropeltis, and other genera, family Uropeltidae: numerous species.
Example sentences
  • Today, he taps the native intelligence of the same tribal communities to find rare species of the shield-tailed snakes that live under the ground.
  • Only a few species of snakes, such as sandboas and shieldtail snakes, are capable of making their own burrows, but even they prefer existing burrows, when available.
  • Greene lists the following groups as viviparous: Asian pipesnakes, Red Pipesnakes, shield-tailed snakes, boas, dwarf boas, and seasnakes.

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Syllabification: shield·tail snake

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