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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Hormonotus
Hallowell, 1857
Species: H. modestus
Binomial name
Hormonotus modestus
(Duméril, Bibron, and Auguste Duméril, 1854)

Lamprophis modestus Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854
Boodon modestus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854)
Boodon vossii Fischer, 1888
Dipsas modestus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854)
Heterolepis glaber Jan, 1862
Hormonotus audax Hallowell, 1857

Hormonotus is a genus of colubrid snakes. At present, this genus is monotypic, as there is only one commonly accepted species in it, Hormonotus modestus, commonly known as the Uganda house snake or yellow forest snake. It is widespread in tropical Africa.[1] Its sister taxon is Inyoka swazicus, the Swazi rock snake.[2]


  1. ^ Hormonotus at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database
  2. ^ Kelly, Christopher M.R.; Branch, William R.; Broadley, Donald G.; Barker, Nigel P.; Villet, Martin H. (2011). "Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 58 (3): 415–426. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.11.010. PMID 21095234.