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Hydrodynastes gigas.jpg
Hydrodynastes gigas
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Xenodontinae
Genus: Hydrodynastes
Fitzinger, 1843[1]

Hydrodynastes is a small genus of large colubrid snakes in the subfamily Xenodontinae.[1] The genus is endemic to South America.[2]


Two species are recognized by ITIS.[1]

An additional, recently described, species is recognized by other sources.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Hydrodynates ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  2. ^ Freiberg M (1982). Snakes of South America Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Hydrodynastes, pp. 78-79, 99, 132-133 + photographs on pp. 5, 47, 50).
  3. ^ "Hydrodynastes ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de.
  4. ^ "Hydrodynastes ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fitzinger L (1843). Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp. + indices. (Genus Hydrodynastes, new genus, p. 25). (in Latin).
  • Franco FL, Fernandes DS, Bentim BM (2007). "A new species of Hydrodynastes Fitzinger, 1843 from central Brazil (Serpentes: Colubridae: Xenodontidae)". Zootaxa 1613: 57-65. (Hydrodynastes melanogigas, new species).