Coluber gracilis

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Graceful Racer
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Coluber
Species: C. gracilis
Binomial name
Coluber gracilis
(Günther, 1862)
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  • Argyrogena gracilis

Graceful Racer (also commonly known as Slender Racer)[1] Coluber gracilis is a species of snake found in India.


See snake scales for terms used

Snout is obtuse; rostral nearly as deep as broad, just visible from above; suture between the internasals a little shorter than that between the prefrontals; frontal slightly longer than its distance from the end of the snout, nearly as long as the occipitals; loreal nearly as deep as long; one preocular, with a small subocular below 3 two postoculars ; temporals 2+2; 9 upper labials, fifth and sixth entering the eye; 4 or 5 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields; posterior chin-shields as long as or longer than the anterior, separated anteriorly by two scales. Scales smooth, in 21 rows. Ventrals ungulate laterally, 213-228; anal divided; subcaudals 118-121. Yellowish above, with a series of large round brown spots edged with black, separated by narrow interspaces; these spots become more indistinct on the posterior part of the body; a black cross-band on the snout and three angular dark brown black-edged bands on the head, the anterior between the eye, the posterior extending on to the nape; lower parts yellowish, with an irregular series of black spots on each side.[2] Total length 33 inches; tail 10.


Maharashtra [Pune = Poona district], Madhya, Pradesh).


  1. ^ "Slender Racer - Coluber gracilis". Indian Snakes Database. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.


  • Günther, A. 1862 On new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 9: 124-132
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986 Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles No. 399 1986: 1-4

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