Indigo snake (species)

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Indigo snake
Drymarchon corais in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park - ZooKeys-246-051-g006-E.jpeg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Drymarchon
Species: D. corais
Binomial name
Drymarchon corais
(Boie, 1827)

The Indigo snake (Drymarchon corais) is a species of snake of the family Colubridae. The snake is nonvenemous and is immune to other snakes' venom.

Geographic range[edit]

This snake is found in South America, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela as well as Trinidad


Its diet consists of birds, small mammals, turtles, amphibians, lizards, eggs, and small venomous snakes. It suffocates its prey strongly pinning them against the ground.


Until recently, all Drymarchon were classified as subspecies of D. corais. However, North and Central populations are now assigned to different species (D. melanurus, D. couperi and D. kolpobasileus), and D. caudomaculatus and D. margaritae are recognised as separate species in South America. [1]