Drymobius

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Drymobius
Drymobius margaritiferus-Querétaro-070526sr.jpg
Drymobius margaritiferus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Drymobius
Fitzinger, 1843
Synonyms

Coluber, Herpetodryas, Leptophis, Masticophis, Thamnophis, Zamenis[1]

Drymobius is a genus of colubrid snakes commonly referred to as neotropical racers, which are endemic to the Americas. There are four species recognized in the genus.

Geographic range[edit]

They are found predominantly in Mexico and Central America, but they range as far north as the southern tip of Texas in the United States, and as far south as Brazil in South America.

Description[edit]

Drymobius species grow to .75–1 m (30–39 in) in total length. Their coloration and pattern vary widely among species.

Habitat[edit]

They are found in areas of heavy vegetation, almost always near a permanent water source.

Behaviour[edit]

Drymobius are diurnal species. They are fast moving, and do not generally hesitate to bite if handled.

Diet[edit]

Their primary diet consists of frogs and toads.

Reproduction[edit]

Breeding occurs in the spring, and clutches of 6-8 eggs are laid in the early summer. The eggs hatch in approximately two months. Hatchlings are 15–18 cm (6–7 in) in total length.

Species & Subspecies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, A.H., & A.A. Wright. 1957. Handbook of Snakes of the United States and Canada. Comstock. Ithaca & London. 1,105 pp. (in 2 volumes) (Drymobius, pp. 206-207.)
  2. ^ The Reptile Database
  3. ^ Wikispecies