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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Chamaelycus
Boulenger, 1919[1]

4 recognized species, see article.

Chamaelycus is a genus of colubrid snakes, commonly referred to as banded snakes, endemic to Central Africa.[2]


The following four species are recognized as being valid.[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Chamaelycus.


The specific names, christyi, parkeri, and werneri, are in honor of Drs. Cuthbert Christy, Hampton Wildman Parker, and Franz Werner, respectively.[3]


  1. ^ Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ a b The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Chamaelycus christyi, p. 54; C. parkeri, p. 200; C. werneri, p. 282).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1919. "Batraciens et reptiles recueillis par le Dr. C. Christy au Congo Belge dans les districts de Stanleyville, Haute-Uelé et Ituri en 1912-1914 ". Revue Zoologique Africaine, Bruxelles 7 (1): 1-29. ("Chamælycus", new genus, p. 22). (in French).