Tropidophis melanurus

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Tropidophis melanurus
Cuban Giant Trope (Tropidophis melanurus) (8577519434).jpg
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Tropidophiidae
Genus: Tropidophis
Species: T. melanurus
Binomial name
Tropidophis melanurus
(Schlegel, 1837)
  • Boa melanura - Schlegel, 1837
  • Tropidophis melanurus - Bibron In de la Sagra, 1840
  • Notophis bicarinatus - Hallowell, 1856
  • Ungalia melanura - Cope, 1868
  • Ungalia melanura - Boulenger, 1893
  • U[ngalia]. melanura - Cope, 1868
  • Tropidophis melanurus melanurus - Schwartz & Thomas, 1960[1]
Common names: dusky dwarf boa,[2] Cuban wood snake, Cuban giant dwarf boa.

Tropidophis melanurus is a non-venomous dwarf boa species found mainly in Cuba. Currently, 3 subspecies are recognized, including the typical form described here.[2]


Adults grow to an average of 32 to 39 in (80 to 100 cm) in length.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

Found in Cuba, as well as on some nearby islands, including Cayos de San Felipe (Cayo Real), Isla de la Juventud and Navassa Island. The type locality given is "l'île de Cuba."[1]


Under natural circumstances, the diet consists of lizards and amphibians, although specimens in captivity can be switched to rodents.


Subspecies[2] Taxon author[2] Common name Geographic range
T. m. dysodes Schwartz & Thomas, 1960 Type locality: "one km N. of La Coloma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba.
T. m. ericksoni Schwartz & Thomas, 1960 Type locality: "Bibijagua, Isla de Piños, Habana Province, Cuba."
T. m. melanurus (Schlegel, 1837) Type locality: "l'île de Cuba."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b c d "Tropidophis melanurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Burnie D, Wilson DE. 2001. Animal. Dorling Kindersley. 624 pp. ISBN 0-7894-7764-5.

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