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Giri’s Bronzeback Tree Snake

Rahul Alvares describes the Giri’s bronzeback snake and explains why it has been classified as a separate species.

Indian Flap-Shell Turtle

The Indian flap-shell turtle is a unique reptile and is a type of Indian mud turtle.

Brown Vine Snake

Rahul Alvares tells us how the brown vine snake is different from the green one. And no, it’s not just the colour!

Ornate Flying Snake

Can the ornate flying snake actually fly? Of course not. But boy, can it glide!

Bengal Monitor Lizard

With a Velociraptor-like face, predatory swagger, and a powerful body as an adult, the monitor lizard seems to have crawled straight out of the dinosaur age, says Rahul Alvares.

Common Garden Lizard

The common garden lizard is the most common agamid of India. The male changes the colour of its head, does push ups and is ready to fight off any rivals for the female lizard’s attention, says Rahul Alvares who is fascinated by the common garden lizard.

Malabar Gliding Frog

The webbed feet and unusual body positions held by the Malabar gliding frog Rhacophorus malabaricus, found only in the Western Ghats, when gripping twigs reminds Rahul Alvares of the famous superhero, Spiderman.

Wrinkled Frogs

Most amphibians lay eggs in water, but this interesting frog, which is about six centimetres in length and has a call resembling that of a bird, takes a different approach, says Rahul Alvares.


The class Amphibia includes not only frogs and toads, but also salamanders and caecilians, says Rahul Alvares.

Malabar Pit Viper

Snake rescuer Rahul Alvares elaborates on the colour morphs and picky behaviour of the Malabar pit viper.

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