variants: or shield-tailed snake

Definition of shieldtail

: any of various small burrowing snakes of the family Uropeltidae that are native to southern India and Sri Lanka and have an enlarged scale at the end of the tail

called also roughtail

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Shieldtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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