Chironius carinatus

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machete savane (also the Amazon Whipsnake)
Chironius carinatus, the Amazon Whipsnake.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Chironius
Species: C. carinatus
Binomial name
Chironius carinatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Chironius carinatus, commonly known as the machete savane or amazon whipsnake, is a very large, but slender colubrid snake. It is a nonvenomous snake, also distinguished by its pacifistic nature.

Geographic range[edit]

It is endemic to the regions of Colombia, northern Brazil, Costa Rica, eastern Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago.


Chironius carinatus may grow to 3 m (9.8 feet) in total length. Body color can range from brown to deep yellow or gold, with the tail being generally darker than the body. The belly is often a bright shade of yellow or orange. In most specimens, body scales have lightly colored centers with darker edges. A light colored stripe runs down the length of the body, fading at the tail. The dorsal scales are in 12 rows.[1]


It feeds on frogs, mice and birds.


  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1894. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume II. London. pp. 73-75.

Boos, Hans E.A. (2001). The snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX. ISBN 1-58544-116-3.