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Z. longissimus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Zamenis
Wagler, 1830

Zamenis is a genus of nonvenomous Old World snakes in the Colubridae family.


The following five species are recognized as valid:[1]

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


The specific name, hohenackeri, is in honor of Rudolph Friedrich Hohenacker, who was a Swiss missionary, physician, and naturalist.[2]


  1. ^ "Zamenis ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Zamenis hohenackeri, p. 125).

Further reading[edit]

  • Wagler J. 1830. Natürliches System der AMPHIBIEN, mit vorangehender Classification der SÄUGTHIERE und VÖGEL. Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Zoologie. Munich, Stuttgart and Tübingen: J.G. Cotta. vi + 354 pp. + one plate. (Zamenis, new genus, p. 188).