Leptophis mexicanus

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Leptophis mexicanus
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A Mexican parrot snake in Belize
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Leptophis
Species: L. mexicanus
Binomial name
Leptophis mexicanus
A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron &
A.H.A. Duméril, 1854
  • Leptophis mexicanus
    A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron &
    A.H.A. Duméril, 1854
  • Ahætulla mexicana
    Günther, 1858
  • Thrasops mexicanus
    Cope, 1860
  • Hapsidophrys mexicanus
    — Cope, 1885[2]
  • Thalerophis mexicanus
    Oliver, 1948
  • Leptophis mexicanus
    J. Peters & Orejas-Miranda, 1970[3]

Leptophis mexicanus, commonly known as the Mexican parrot snake, is a species of medium-sized slender snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to the Americas.

Geographic range[edit]

L. mexicanus can be found in southern Mexico and Central America, in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.[3]


There are four recognized subspecies, including the nominate subspecies.[3]


  1. ^ Lee, Julian; Lopez-Luna, Marco Antonio (2013). "Leptophis mexicanus ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T197500A2491231. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Boulenger GA (1894). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers.) xi + 382 pp. + Plates I-XX. (Leptophis mexicanus, pp. 108-109).
  3. ^ a b c Leptophis mexicanus at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Duméril A-M-C, Bibron G, Dumeril A[-H-A] (1854). Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles, Tome septième. Première partie. Comprenant l'histoire des serpents non venimeux. Paris: Roret. xvi + 780 pp. (Leptophis mexicanus, new species, pp. 536–537). (in French).
  • Henderson RW (1976). "A New Insular Subspecies of the Colubrid Snake Leptophis mexicanus (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae) from Belize". J. Herpetology 10 (4): 329-331. (Leptophis mexicanus hoeversi, new subspecies).
  • Liner, Ernest A. (2007). "A Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico". Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60.
  • Mertens R (1972). "Eine neue Schlankatter der Gattung Leptophis aus Mexico ". Senckenbergiana Biologica 53 (5-6): 341-342. (Leptophis mexicanus septentrionalis, new subspecies). (in German).
  • Oliver JA (1942). "A check list of the snakes of the genus Leptophis, with descriptions of new forms". Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan (462): 1-19. (Leptophis mexicanus yucatanensis, new subspecies, p. 10).