This species coils tightly when threatened. The Southeast Asian flyingsnakes (Chrysopelea) are arboreal colubrines that can flatten their bodies and glide from tree to tree. The common egg-eater may be mistaken as a venomous snake, due to its mimicry of several species of vipers. Design: HTML5 UP. Milksnakes are oviparous, laying an average of about 10 eggs per clutch, although that number may vary geographically. Even more than the colubrines, the Xenodontinae encompass an extraordinary range of natural histories. Tentacled snakes appear from time to time in the pet trade. Among the latter are the cornsnake (Elaphe guttata) and several species of kingsnakes (Lampropeltis). Stenorrhina preys primarily upon scorpions, tarantulas, and grasshoppers. "The Evolution of Viviparity in Reptiles: An Ecological Analysis." Likewise, cryptozoic (hiding) and fossorial (burrowing) forms abound in most subfamilies. English: Blacktail, cribo; Spanish: Cola sucia. Two subspecies are recognized. Other primarily South American groups include the pseudoboines, which include the mussurana (Clelia) and related genera, the diverse terrestrial to arboreal species of Philodryas, and the highly aquatic members of the genera Helicops and Hydrops. Filter. This species is often found in association with water. The Colubridae Family of Snakes - Colubrids. For that reason, few useful generalizations apply to this expansive family. If you feel you have an expert level of knowledge with a certain species within the Colubridae family — and you'd like to create a species page for that particular snake — you can become a guest author. The classification of snakes becomes more specific when moving down the classification list: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species.An example for a snake classification can be seen with the reticulated python whose scientific name is Python reticulatus. The shape results from highly modified vertebrae, which have long processes that project dorsally and laterally. Twenty-five subspecies are recognized, and it is likely that this species ultimately will be divided into several separate species. English: Hissing adder, puff adder, spreading adder; French: Hétérodon commun; German: Gewöhnliche hakennatter. It has a slender body, very narrow neck, rounded head, and large eyes. The dorsal scales are keeled, and enlarged scales on the neck overlie special nuchal glands. A number of xenodontine species mimic venomous coralsnakes (Micrurus), as do several colubrines. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 122 (1998): 455–487. The Pareatinae is a small but well-defined lineage of three genera and about 18 species of Southeast Asian snakes that are highly specialized to prey on terrestrial mollusks (snails and/or slugs). This list is not all-inclusive, but includes many popular / well-known snakes found within the Colubridae family. This species is primarily arboreal, but it also engages in terrestrial activity, especially in drier portions of its range. Five subspecies are recognized. This snake occupies savannas and bush habitats. Like that viper, the egg-eater throws its body into a series of curved loops and rubs the serrated lateral scales against each other to produce a hissing sound. (Cerberus rynchops) and the white-bellied mangrove snake (Fordonia leucobalia), while the keel-bellied watersnake (Bitia hydroides) occupies coastal marine waters. In Australia, unlike other regions, colubrids account for a minority of the snake fauna, with members of the Elapidae predominating. The jaws are nearly toothless, the skin of the neck is capable of an astonishing degree of stretching, and the anterior vertebrae are modified to crack the shells of bird eggs. With a family this large, there will always be disagreements about classification, especially regarding the numbers and types of subspecies. Snakes within this family are commonly referred to as colubrids. The head is forced over an egg, which may be several times the diameter of the head, and the egg is cracked using modified ventral processes (hypapophyses) of the anterior vertebrae, which actually penetrate the esophagus. Rattlesnakes are collected in some regions for "rattlesnake round-ups" or for their skins, and collection often involves pouring gasoline down a tortoise burrow. These snakes are ambush predators of fishes. In Idaho? In some populations the edges of blotches may be somewhat irregular. Disclaimer: The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.ADW doesn't cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. Colubrid snakes appear to figure in human commerce in two primary ways. Cadle, John E., and Harry W. Greene. ——. 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