Definition of shieldtail snake in English:

shieldtail snake

(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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Greene lists the following groups as viviparous: Asian pipesnakes, Red Pipesnakes, shield-tailed snakes, boas, dwarf boas, and seasnakes.’


shieldtail snake

/ˈSHēl(d)tāl ˌsnāk/