Rustyhead snake

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Rustyhead snake
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Dipsadidae
Genus: Amastridium
Cope, 1860
Species: A. veliferum
Binomial name
Amastridium veliferum
Cope, 1860

The rustyhead snake (Amastridium veliferum) is a species of snake in the family Colubridae.[2] The species is found from southern Mexico, through Central America, to Colombia.[1] A. veliferum is one of only two recognized species in the genus Amastridium, the other being A. sapperi,[3] which is named in honor of German explorer Karl Sapper.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Amastridium veliferum COPE, 1860". The Reptile Database. Consulted: 2012-03-12
  2. ^ "Amastridium veliferum ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amastridium ". The Reptile Database.
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Amastridium sapperi, p. 232).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1894). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xi + 382 pp. + Plates I-XX. (Genus Amastridium and species A. veliferum, p. 352).
  • Cope ED (1860). "Descriptions of Reptiles from Tropical America and Asia". Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1860: 368-374. (Amastridium, new genus, p. 370; A. veliferum, new species, pp. 370–371).