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Banded Racer Argyrogena fasciolata by Ashahar alias Krishna Khan.jpg
Wild specimen from Maharashtra, India
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Argyrogena
Werner, 1924
Species: A. fasciolata
Binomial name
Argyrogena fasciolata
(Shaw, 1802)
  • Coluber fasciolatus Shaw, 1802
  • Coluber hebe Daudin, 1803
  • Coluber curvirostris Cantor, 1839
  • Coryphodon fasciolatus Günther, 1858
  • Tyria fasciolata Cope, 1862
  • Zamenis fasciolatus Günther, 1864
  • Argyrogena rostrata Werner, 1924
  • Argyrogena fasciolata Wilson, 1967[1][2]

Argyrogena fasciolata, the banded racer, is a species of colubrid snake, the only species in the genus Argyrogena.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in India except for North Bengal and Kashmir,[3] Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.


Snout obtuse, curved and prominent; rostral large, broader than wide, the portion visible from above more than half its length from the frontal; suture between the internasals as long as that between the prefrontals or a little shorter; frontal nearly as long as its distance from the end of the snout, or as the parietals; loreal as long as deep or longer than deep; one pre-ocular, usually with a small subocular below; two or three postoculars; temporals 2+2 or 2+3; upper labials 8, fourth and fifth entering the eye; 4 or 5 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields; posterior chin-shields nearly as long as the anterior, separated from each other by two or three series of scales. Dorsals smooth, in 21 or 23 rows. Ventrals 197-225; anal divided; subcaudals 73-88. Yellowish or brownish olive above, with narrow white, brown, and black variegated cross bands on the anterior half of the body; these bands may entirely disappear in the adult; lower parts uniform yellowish.[4]

Total length 1060 mm (3.5 feet); tail 220 mm (8.5 inches).

Shaw's original description of the species was based on a plate in Russell, Ind. Serp. (1796).


  1. ^ The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I. London.
  3. ^ "Argyrogena fasciolata (Shaw, 1802) Banded Racer". Indian Snakes. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Boulenger, G. A. (1890) Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.


  • Shaw, G. 1802 General Zoology, or Systematic Natural History. Vol.3, part 1 + 2. G. Kearsley, Thomas Davison, London: 313-615
  • Wilson, Larry David 1967 Generic reallocation and review of Coluber fasciolatus Shaw (Serpentes: Colubridae) Herpetologica 23 (4): 260-275

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