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Herpetofauna


The term herpetofauna encompasses both reptiles and amphibians, and herpetology is the branch of zoology involved in the study of this diverse group of vertebrates, coveringpoikilothermicectothermic tetrapods, excluding fish. Periyar is home to 48 reptile and 29 amphibian species, many of them endemic to the Western Ghats, as listed below

 

Sl No Image Common Name Scientific Name
       
Indian starred tortoise  Geochelone elegans 
       
King Cobra  Ophiophagus hannah 
       
Purple frog  Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis 
       
Russell's viper  Daboia russelii 
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