One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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