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Ninia atrata.jpg
Ninia atrata, Hallowell's coffee snake
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Dipsadinae
Genus: Ninia
Baird & Girard, 1853

Ninia is a genus of colubroid snakes commonly referred to as coffee snakes. The genus consists of 10 species that are native to Mexico, Central America, and the northern part of South America. Some species are also found on the Caribbean islands.[1]


There are currently 10 recognized species:[1][2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Ninia.


  1. ^ a b "Ninia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ninia ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Baird SF, Girard C. 1853. Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part I.—Serpents. Washington, District of Columbia: xvi + 172 pp. (Ninia, new genus, pp. 49–50).
  • Freiberg M. 1982. Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Genus Ninia, p. 104).