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African Shovel-nosed Snake (Scaphiophis albopunctatus) (7652092036).jpg
S. albopunctatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Subfamily: Lamprophiinae
Genus: Scaphiophis
W. Peters, 1870

Scaphiophis is a genus of African snakes. Common names include hook-nosed snakes[1] and shovel-nosed snakes.


Two species are recognized as being valid.[2]


The specific name, raffreyi, is in honor of French scientific collector Achille Raffray.[1]


  1. ^ a b 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. (Scaphiophis raffreyi, pp. 215-216).
  2. ^ "Scaphiophis ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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. (Genus Scaphiophis, p. 254).
  • Peters W (1870). "Eine Mittheilung über neue Amphibien ( ... Scaphiophis ... ) des Königlich zoologischen Museums ". Monatsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1870: 641-652 + Plates I-II. (Scaphiophis, new genus, p. 644; Scaphiophis albopunctatus, new species, pp. 645–646 + Plate II, figures 4, 4a, 4b, 4c). (in German).