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Leptodiera septentrionalis, Costa Rica - zoomed.JPG
Northern cat-eyed snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis), in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Dipsadinae
Genus: Leptodeira
Fitzinger, 1843

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Coluber, Dipsas, Eteirodipsas, Leptodira, Sibon[1]

Leptodeira is a genus of colubrid snakes commonly referred to as cat-eyed snakes. The genus consists of 12 species that are native to primarily Mexico and Central America, but range as far north as the southern tip of Texas in United States and as far south as Argentina in South America.


Nota bene: In the above list, a binomial authority or trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Leptodeira.


  1. ^ Wright AH, Wright AA (1957). Handbook of Snakes of the United States and Canada. Ithaca and London: Comstock. 1,105 pp. (in 2 volumes). (Genus Leptodeira, p. 415).
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Leptodeira bakeri, p. 15).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Fitzinger L (1843). Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp. + indices. (Leptodeira, new genus, p. 27). (in Latin).
  • Freiberg M (1982). Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Genus Leptodeira, pp. 75, 100–101, 133 + photograph on p. 55).