Herpetoreas pealii 

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More than a century after it was first seen, the Assam keelback — a snake species endemic to the region — was rediscovered in 2018 by a team from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) near a reserve forest on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. 

  • It is commonly called as Assam keelback; Peal's keelback. 
  • It was discovered 129 years ago by Samuel Edward Peal, a British tea planter based in Upper Assam. 
  • The species is endemic to Northeast India. It has been recorded from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. 
  • It is a species of snake in the subfamily Natricinae of the family Colubridae. 
  • The species is small — about 60 cm long, brownish, with a patterned belly. 
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