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Elaphe situla.jpg
European ratsnake, Zamenis situla
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Oppel, 1811

Nearly 100, see text

The Colubrinae are a subfamily of the Colubridae family of snakes. It includes numerous genera, and taxonomic sources often disagree on the exact number. It is the largest subfamily of colubrids, and even of all snakes. Many of the most commonly known snakes are members of this subfamily, including rat snakes, king snakes, milk snakes, vine snakes, and indigo snakes.


The fossil genus, Mionatrix lived during Miocene of China.

Rhynchophis boulengeri (rhino rat snake)

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Colubrinae at Wikimedia Commons