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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Atractaspididae
Subfamily: Aparallactinae
Genus: Chilorhinophis
F. Werner, 1907
Common name: two-headed snakes.

Chilorhinophis is a genus of venomous snakes endemic to Africa. Currently, three species are recognized.[1]


Genus Chilorhinophis -- 3 species
Species[1] Taxon author[1] Subspecies*[1] Common name[2] Geographic range[2]
C. butleriT F. Werner, 1907 ———— Butler's two-headed snake Africa: Mongalla, South Sudan.
C. carpenteri (Parker, 1927) liwalensis Liwale two-headed snake Africa: Mozambique, southeastern Tanzania.
C. gerardi (Boulenger, 1913) tanganyikae Gerard's black and yellow burrowing snake Africa: southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania.

*) Not including the nominate subspecies. T) Type species.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Chilorhinophis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Chilorhinophis at the Reptile Database. Accessed 8 May 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Loveridge A. 1958. "Revision of Five African Snake Genera". Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 119: 1-198. (Genus Chilorhinophis, pp. 168–169).
  • Werner F. 1907. "Ergebnisse der mit Subvention aus der Erbschaft Treitl unternommenen zoologischen Forschungreise Dr. Franz Werner's in den ägyptischen Sudan und nach Nord-Uganda. XII. Die Reptilien und Amphibien ". Sitzungsberichte der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften [Vienna] 116: 1823-1926 + Plates I-IV. (Chilorhinophis, new genus, p. 1881). (in German).