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Gandhmardan Hills Range (GHR) of western part of Orissa, rich in biodiversity was investigated thoroughly to prepare an inventory of snake diversity in this paper. During the monsoon and post monsoon of 2012 and 2013, a checklist of the snake diversity of this area was prepared with the help of local snake catchers and fishermen. An inventory of the species encountered is presented in the present paper with their scientific names, vernacular names and local names with the help of referred literature. The microhabitats of the snakes are assessed on the basis of their diurnal and nocturnal habits. The snakes are 20 species belonging to 17 genera and 5 families. The family colubridae dominates the other four families. Due to anthropogenic pressures the number of these animals is decreasing very sharply. Our primary duty is to give protection to these animals in situ and conserve them for our posterity to cherish.
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Author(s): Soubhagya Pradhan Devraj Mishra and KR Sahu
Snake diversity, Gandhamardan Hills Range, Anthropogenic pressures, In situ conservation., Animal Physiology, Cell and molecular biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Immunology