Lycodon

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Lycodon
Lycodon aulicus sal.jpg
Lycodon aulicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Lycodon
F. Boie, 1827
Species

see text

Synonyms

Cercaspis, Leptorhytaon, Ophites, Sphecodes, Tetragonosoma, Tytleria[1]

Malayan Banded Wolfsnake (Lycodon subcinctus) in Letefoho, East Timor

Lycodon is a genus of colubrid snakes, commonly known as wolf snakes.[2] The New Latin name Lycodon is derived from the Greek words λύκος (lykos) meaning wolf and δόν (don) meaning tooth,[3] and refers to the fang-like anterior maxillary and mandibular teeth.[4]

Taxonomy[edit]

The genus Lycodon comprises 35 recognized species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I. London.
  2. ^ http://www.britannica.com
  3. ^ Mish, F.C., Editor in Chief. 2004. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. Merriam-Webster. Springfield, Massachusetts.
  4. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I. London.
  5. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.com