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Dice snake, Natrix tessellata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Superorder: Lepidosauria
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Natricinae

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The Natricinae are a subfamily of the Colubridae family of snakes, which comprises twenty-eight genera. Members include many very common snake species, such as the European grass snakes, and the North American water snakes and garter snakes.


While often regarded as a subfamily of the Colubridae,[1] in some classifications they are raised to the family level as Natricidae.[2][3]

They are recognised as a sister group of Dipsadinae plus Pseudoxenodontinae.[1]


In addition, the following genera are often placed here, but may belong elsewhere:


  1. ^ a b Pyron, R. Alexander, et al. (2011). "The phylogeny of advanced snakes (Colubroidea), with discovery of a new subfamily and comparison of support methods for likelihood trees". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 58.2: 329–342. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Natricidae". The Reptile Database, Zoological Museum Hamburg. 
  3. ^ Dowling, Herndon G. and Jenner, Janann V. (1988). Snakes of Burma: Checklist of reported species and bibliography. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service #76. Washington, D.C.: Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. OCLC 23345387.