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Xenodon merremii in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park - ZooKeys-246-051-g007-G.jpeg
Xenodon merremii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Dipsadinae
Genus: Xenodon
H. Boie, 1826

Xenodon is a genus of snakes of the subfamily Dipsadinae.[1]


Snakes in the genus Xenodon prey almost exclusively on toads.[2]


The following 12 species are recognized as being valid.[1]

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


  1. ^ a b Genus Xenodon at The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Goin CJ, Goin OB, Zug GR. 1978. Introduction to Herpetology: Third Edition. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. xi + 378 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0020-4. (Genus Xenodon, p. 149).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boie H. 1826. "Notice sur l'Erpétologie de l'île de Java ". Bulletin des Sciences Naturelles et de Géologie 9 (203): 233-240. (Xenodon, new genus, p. 238). (in French).
  • Freiberg M. 1982. Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Genus Xenodon, p. 113).