Royal ground snake

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Royal ground snake
Liophis reginae.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Erythrolamprus
E. reginae
Binomial name
Erythrolamprus reginae

The royal ground snake (Erythrolamprus reginae) is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to northern South America.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in Venezuela, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.


It feeds on frogs, frog eggs, tadpoles, fish, small birds, and lizards.


The following subspecies can be distinguished:[2][3][4]

  • Liophis reginae macrosoma (Amaral, 1936)
  • Liophis reginae reginae (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Liophis reginae semilineatus (Wagler, 1824)

Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Liophis.


  1. ^ "Liophis reginae ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).
  2. ^ a b "Erythrolamprus reginae ". The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ Liophis reginae. Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  4. ^ No subspecies are currently recognized by ITIS. See: "Liophis reginae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 28 March 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Amaral A (1936). "Colecta herpetologica no centro do Brasil ". Mem. Inst. Butantan 9: 235-246. (Leimadophis reginae macrosoma, new subspecies, p. 238). (in Portuguese).
  • Boos, Hans E. A. (2001). The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. xvi + 328 pp. ISBN 1-58544-116-3.
  • Linnaeus C (1758). Systema naturæ per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, diferentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio Decima, Reformata. Stockholm: L. Salvius. 824 pp. (Coluber reginæ, new species, p. 219). (in Latin).
  • Roze JA (1959). "Taxonomic Notes on a Collection of Venezuelan Reptiles in the American Museum of Natural History". American Museum Novitates (1934): 1-14. ("Leimadophis zweifeli, new species", pp. 4–7 + Figure 1, photograph of holotype, on p. 6).
  • Wagler J (1824). In: Spix J (1824). Serpentum Brasiliensum species novae ou histoire naturelle des espèces nouvelles de serpens, recueillies et observées pendant le voyage dans l'intérieur du Brésil dans les années 1817, 1818, 1819, 1820, exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté le Roi de Baviére. Munich: F.S. Hübschmann. viii + 75 pp. + Plates I.- XXVI. (Natrix semilineata, new species, p. 33-34 + Plate XI., Figure 2). (in Latin and French).