Ninia sebae

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Ninia sebae
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Ninia
Species: N. sebae
Binomial name
Ninia sebae
(A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854)
  • Streptophorus sebae
    A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854
  • Ninia sebae
    Garman, 1884

Ninia sebae, commonly known as the redback coffee snake or the red coffee snake, is a species of small terrestrial snake which is endemic to Mexico and Central America. Although Ninia sebae resembles some venomous coral snakes in color and size, it is not venomous and seldom bites humans.[2][3]


The specific name, sebae, is in honor of Dutch naturalist Albertus Seba.[4]


Four subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[1]

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


  1. ^ a b "Ninia sebae ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ "Ninia sebae ". The Encyclopedia of Life.
  3. ^ Savage, Jay M. (2002). The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 934 pp. ISBN 0-226-73537-0. (Ninia sebae, pp. 620-622 + Plate 388).
  4. ^ 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. (Ninia sebae, p. 240).

Further reading[edit]

  • Duméril A-M-C, Bibron G, Duméril A[-H-A] (1854). Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Première partie. Comprenant l'histoire des serpents non venimeux [= General Herpetology or Complete Natural History of the Reptiles. Volume 7. Part 1. Containing the Natural History of the Nonvenomous Snakes]. Paris: Roret. xvi + 780 pp. (Streptophorus sebae, new species, pp. 115–117). (in French).