Contia (snake)

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Contia tenuis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Contia
Baird and Girard, 1853[1]
Type species
Contia tenuis

Contia is a small genus of colubrid snakes endemic to North America.


The generic name, Contia, is in honor of American entomologist John Lawrence LeConte.[2]


There are two recognized species:[3]


  1. ^ "Contia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ 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. (Genus Contia, p. 154).
  3. ^ Contia at the Reptile Database

Further reading[edit]

  • Baird SF, Girard CF. 1853. Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part I.—Serpents. Washington, District of Columbia: Smithsonian Institution. xvi + 172 pp. (Contia, new genus, pp. 110-111).