Hemorrhois ravergieri

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Hemorrhois ravergieri
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Hemorrhois
Species: H. ravergieri
Binomial name
Hemorrhois ravergieri
(Ménétries, 1832)
  • Coluber ravergieri
    Ménétries, 1832
  • Zamenis caudælineatus
    Günther, 1858
  • Periops caudælineatus
    Jan, 1865
  • Zamenis fedtschenkoi
    Strauch, 1873
  • Zamenis ravergieri
    Boulenger, 1893
  • Elaphe caudaelineata
    Schmidt, 1939
  • Hemorrhois ravergieri
    Nagy et al., 2004

Hemorrhois ravergieri, commonly called the spotted whip snake, is a species of snake found in Western Asia, Central Asia, and South-Central Asia.


The specific name, ravergieri, is in honor of a certain Mr. Ravergier who was an attaché at the French Embassy in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[3]

Geographic range[edit]


Dorsally it is tan or grayish, with a series of dark rhomboidal spots or crossbars, alternating with smaller spots on the sides. The spots usually become confluent posteriorly, and appear as dark stripes on the tail. There is a diagonal dark streak below the eye, and a similar subparallel streak from the back of the eye to the corner of the mouth. Ventrally it is whitish or covered with blackish dots.

The weakly keeled dorsal scales are arranged in 21 rows. The ventrals, which are obtusely angulate laterally, number 190-222; the anal is divided; and the subcaudals, which are paired, are 75-101.

Adults may attain 133 cm (4 ft 4 in) in total length, with a tail 32 cm (12 12 in) long.[1]


  1. ^ a b Boulenger GA (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Zamenis ravergieri, pp. 405-406).
  2. ^ "Hemorrhois ravergieri ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ 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. (Hemorrhois ravergieri, p. 218).
  • Böhme W (1993). "Coluber ravergieri - Ravergiers Zornnatter ". In: Böhme W (editor) (1993). Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, Band 3/I., Schlangen (Serpentes) I. Wiesbaden: Aula-Verlag. pp. 145–154.
  • Ménétries E (1832). Catalogue raisonné des objets de zoologie recueillis dans un voyage au caucase et jusqu'aux frontières actuelles de la Perse. Saint Petersburg, Russia: L'Académie Impériale des Sciences. 330 pp. (Coluber ravergieri, new species, pp. 69-70).
  • Schätti B, Monsch P (2004). "Systematics and phylogenetic relationships of Whip snakes (Hierophis Fitzinger) and Zamenis andreana Werner 1917 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubrinae)". Rev. Suisse Zool. 111 (2): 239-256.
  • Schweiger M (1991). "Coluber ravergieri Menetries, 1832 - eine ungewöhnliche Zornnatter. Teil 1: Beschreibung, Verbreitung, Ökologie und Giftwirkung ". Herpetofauna 13 (70): 30-34.

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