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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Subclass: Diapsida
Superorder: Lepidosauria
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Infraorder: Alethinophidia
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Homalopsinae
Genus: Enhydris
Sonnini & Latreille, 1802[1]

Several, see text

The snake called "海豹蛇" ("sea-leopard snake", which is translated as Enhydris bocourti at many web pages), accompanied by a list of options for serving it, occupies a place of honor among the creatures displayed outside of a Guangzhou restaurant

Enhydris is a genus of slightly venomous, rear-fanged, colubrid snakes, endemic to the tropical area of Indo-Australian region.[2]


The following 25 species are recognized:[1][3][4]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Enhydris.


  1. ^ a b Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de
  2. ^ Goin CJ, Goin OB, Zug GR. 1978. Introduction to Herpetology, Third Edition. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. xi + 378 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0020-4. (Genus Enhydris, pp. 326-327).
  3. ^ ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  4. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sonnini CS, Latreille PA. 1802. Histoire Naturelle des Reptiles, avec figures dessinées d'après nature. Tome IV. Seconde Partie. Serpens. Paris: Deterville. (Crapelet, printer). 410 pp. (Genus Enhydris, pp. 200-201).