Julia's ground snake

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Julia's Ground Snake
Liophis juliae at Rosalie-a01.jpg
Julia's Ground Snake in Rosalie, Dominica.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Liophis
Species: L. juliae
Cope, 1879
Binomial name
Liophis juliae
Günther, 1888
  • L. j. juliae, Cope, 1879
  • L. j. copeae, Parker, 1936
  • L. j. mariae, Barbour, 1914
  • Aporophis juliae, Cope, 1879
  • Acrophis juliae, Cope, 1879
  • Dromicus juliae, Garman, 1887

Julia's Ground Snake (Liophis juliae) is a species of colubrid snake found in the Caribbean, on the Lesser Antilles islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe.

The nominate subspecies, L. j. juliae, is endemic to Dominica, where it may be found everywhere but the highest elevations. L. j. copeae is found on numerous islands in the Guadeloupean archipelago, while L. j. mariae is restricted to the Guadeloupean island of Marie-Galante. Its relative rareness in Guadeloupe is attributed to the presence of the mongoose, which is absent from Dominica.

It can reach half a meter long. Its coloration is typically white or yellowish flecks on a glossy dark ground color, but some individuals are uniformly dark. It eats lizards, frogs, and insects. It is harmless to humans, but may release a foul-smelling cloacal secretion if provoked.


  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999), Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean, Macmillan Education Ltd., pp. 39–40, 84, 86–88, 123, ISBN 0-333-69141-5 
  • Powell, Robert; Henderson, Robert W. (2005), "Conservation Status of Lesser Antillean Reptiles", Iguana 12 (2): 63–77 

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