Epicrates monensis

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Epicrates monensis
Mona Boa coiled with tongue extended.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Genus: Epicrates
Species: E. monensis
Binomial name
Epicrates monensis
Zenneck, 1898
  • Epicrates monensis
    Zenneck, 1898
  • Epicrates gracilis monensis
    Stimson, 1969
  • Epicrates monensis
    Schwartz & Henderson, 1991
  • Chilabothrus monensis
    Reynolds et al., 2013
  • Epicrates monensis
    Wallach et al., 2014 [2]

Epicrates monensis, known commonly as the Mona boa, is a species of snake in the family Boidae.[3] It is endemic to the West Indies.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Epicrates monensis is found in the West Indies, around Mona Island and Cayo Diablo near Puerto Rico, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in the British Virgin Islands: Tortola, Great Camanoe, Necker, and Virgin Gorda.


Two subspecies are recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies.

The subspecific name, granti, is in honor of American herpetologist Chapman Grant.[5]


  1. ^ Mayer GC, Tolson PJ (2011). "Epicrates monensis ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chilabothrus monensis ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ "Epicrates". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Schwartz A, Thomas R. 1975. A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. (Epicrates monensis, p. 185).
  5. ^ 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. (Epicrates monensis granti, p. 106).

Further reading[edit]

  • Zenneck J. 1898. "Die Zeichnung der Boiden ". Zeitschrift für Wissenschaftliche Zoologie 64: 1-384. (Epicrates monensis, new species, pp. 64–66). (in German).