Yatin Kalki

Yatin Kalki
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology · King Cobra Ecology and Conservation

Bachelor of Science

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Introduction
I have a BSc in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I am currently studying king cobras via radio telemetry in Agumbe, India. My research interests are centered around the ecology and natural history of reptiles and amphibians with an emphasis on snakes. Over the last few years, I have conducted research on the diversity and behavior of snakes in urban and rainforest ecosystems in India. As a curatorial assistant at the Illinois Natural History Survey Herpetological Collection, I examined museum specimens and recorded novel information on poorly understood species. I have also assisted with herpetological research in the midwestern United States, the Western Ghats of India, the Ecuadorian rainforests, and the Galapagos Islands.
Research Experience
February 2019 - present
Agumbe Rainforest Research Station
Position
  • Research Associate
May 2018 - August 2018
Illinois Natural History Survey
Position
  • Field Technician
May 2017 - August 2017
National Center for Biological Sciences
Position
  • Herpetology Intern
Education
August 2014 - August 2018
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Field of study
  • Wildlife Conservation

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Publications (32)
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We investigated six historical Malayopython reticulatus museum specimens thought to have been collected from mainland India and examined their validity. Most specimens offered insufficient data to support collection from present-day mainland India and were discounted. Despite this, one specimen (UIMNH 62394) collected in “Calcutta, India” prior to...
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In urban areas, restricted property access poses a significant challenge, making conventional herp survey techniques like visual encounter, cover-board, and drift fence surveys infeasible. When urban residents encounter snakes, they often kill them out of fear and ignorance. This behavior is not only detrimental to snake populations, but attempting...
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The diamondback water snake, Nerodia rhombifer (Hallowell, 1852), is a large, New World natricine occurring in the Upper Mississippi and Lower Illinois Rivers through the Great Plains and along the Gulf Coast of Mexico into Campeche (Gibbons and Dorcas, 2004). As an aquatic specialist, N. rhom- bifer is decidedly piscivorous, but occasionally consu...
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A total of 209 observations of Ahaetulla nasuta feeding on prey were compiled from social media platforms, citizen science websites, and from the literature in order to gain insights into the food habits of this arboreal colubrid, and to construct an inventory of the prey species recorded in its dietary spectrum. The diet of A. nasuta consists prim...
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Lycodon deccanensis Ganesh, Deuti, Punith, Achyuthan, Mallik, Adhikari, Vogel, 2020 was recently described from the Mysore plateau of Karnataka based solely on morphology but lacking in-depth descriptions and comparisons. A scrutiny of the description reveals that the type series, of two specimens, comprise specimens of two different species along...
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Only four specific prey items are reported in the literature for the Mexican small-headed rattlesnake (Crotalus intermedius), which occurs in the central and southern Mexican highlands. To augment these data, we dissected museum specimens housed in the University of Illinois Museum of Natural History Herpetology Collection for stomach contents. Of...
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The introduced smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani has become widespread across the Galápagos archipelago in the past half-century. It is known to predate upon a range of native and endemic species, and is a potential vector for the spread of invasive plants and parasites. Here we report previously undocumented examples of smooth-billed ani predation...
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Kirtland’s snake (Clonophis kirtlandii) is a poorly known natricine inhabiting moist environs within Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Recent prospects of federal listing have been thwarted by the scarcity of information regarding its natural history, distribution, population size, and threats. Thus...
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The Venezuelan forest pitviper (Bothrops medusa) is an endangered viperid endemic to the central range of the Cordillera de la Costa in Venezuela. Little is known regarding its natural history and no specific prey are mentioned in the literature. We examined the stomach contents of museum specimens housed in the University of Illinois Museum of Nat...
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Erratum: (UIMNH 93940; SVL = 269 mm; total length = 203 mm) should read (UIMNH 93940; SVL = 269 mm; total length = 302 mm)
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The variable coral snake (Micrurus diastema) is distributed along the Atlantic versant from central Veracruz, Mexico, through the Yucatán Peninsula, Belize, and northern Guatemala to northwestern Honduras (Campbell and Lamar, 2004; Heimes, 2016). It preys primarily on small snakes, but lizards, caecilians and swamp eels have also been reported (Gre...
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The montane pitvipers (Cerrophidion spp.) consist of five recognized species that disjunctly occupy high elevational habitats from southern Mexico to western Panama. However, two of these species were recently delineated, leaving previously published natural history data on Cerrophidion outdated and in need of re-examination. To gain more informati...
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On 26 July 1964, J. Bower- man collected a large female Micrurus narduccii melanotus from Limoncocha, Sucumbíos Province, Ecuador (0.41°S, 76.63°W; WGS 84). The specimen (UIMNH 61058, University of Illinois Museum of Natural History Herpetology Collection) measures 1173 mm total length (SVL = 1131 mm). The previous reported maximum length for M. n....
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Dicephalism (axial bifurcation) has been documented in Epicrates maurus previously (Wallach 2007. Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc. 43:57-95), but it is unclear if a specimen exists and whether it was captive bred or wild-caught. Here we present an overlooked prodichotomous E. maurus neonate that was collected by W. L. Burger on 24 June 1950 in Cumanoc...
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The montane pitvipers (Cerrophidion spp.) consist of 5 recognized species that disjunctly occupy high elevational habitats from southern Mexico to western Panama. However, two of these species were recently delineated, leaving previously published natural history data on Cerrophidion outdated and in need of a re-examination. To gain more informatio...

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Projects (5)
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To extend the breadth of knowledge regarding the natural history of Indian reptiles and amphibians
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To perform dietary analysis of Lampropeltis calligaster using museum specimens from several herpetological collections across the country.
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To investigate and publish lost and long-forgotten information found within the University of Illinois Museum of Natural History and Illinois Natural History Survey Herpetology Collections.