Aparallactus capensis

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Aparallactus capensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Atractaspididae
Genus: Aparallactus
Species: A. capensis
Binomial name
Aparallactus capensis
A. Smith, 1849[1]
Synonyms

Aparallactus capensis, or the Cape centipede-eater, is a species of venomous rear-fanged snake in the Atractaspididae family.[3][4]

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in the Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Description[edit]

Yellow or pale reddish brown dorsally, with or without a blackish vertebral line. Yellowish white ventrally. Neck and top of head black, with or without a yellowish crossbar behind the parietals. Sides of head yellowish, with the shields bordering the eye black.

Adults may attain a total length of 33.5 cm (13 14 in), with a tail 7 cm (2 34 in) long.

Portion of rostral visible from above ⅓ as long as its distance from the frontal. Frontal 1½ to 1⅔ as long as broad, much longer than its distance from the end of the snout, a little shorter than the parietals. Nasal entire, in contact with the preocular. One postocular. Seven upper labials, third and fourth entering the eye, fifth in contact with the parietal. Mental in contact with the anterior chin shields, which are as long as or a little longer than the posterior. Anterior chin shields in contact with three lower labials.

Dorsal scales in 15 rows, smooth. Ventrals 138–166; anal plate entire; subcaudals 37–53, entire.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume III. London. pp. 259–260.
  3. ^ Wallach, V. "Aparallactus lineatus (Peters) and Aparallactus niger Boulenger: Two Valid Species from West Africa." Journal of Herpetology 28.1 (1994): 95–99.
  4. ^ "Aparallactus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 September 2007. 
  5. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume III. London. p. 260.
  • Smith, A. 1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, 3 (Reptiles). Smith, Elder, and Co. London. p. 16.