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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Reptilia
Family  Colubridae
Scientific name  Mastigodryas
Rank  Genus
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Suborder  Serpentes
Subfamily  Colubrinae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Scaled reptiles
Mastigodryas Mastigodryas heathii The Reptile Database
Similar  Mastigodryas boddaerti, Mastigodryas melanolomus, Mastigodryas bifossatus, Dendrophidion, Drymobius

Mastigodryas bifossatus

Mastigodryas is a genus of colubrid snakes. Like some other colubrids, they are commonly called racers. It is a Neotropical genus, with members distributed from Mexico to Argentina and several islands in the Caribbean. Some authorities use the older generic name, Dryadophis, for these species.


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Mastigodryas Mastigodryas reticulatus The Reptile Database

These snakes are cylindrical or somewhat laterally compressed in shape. The head is distinct from the rest of the body, as in many other colubrids. They have large eyes. They have Duvernoy's glands. The morphology of the hemipenis in various species has been helpful in elucidating their relationships, as little is known about the evolutionary origins of the genus.


These snakes are diurnal.


Mastigodryas Mastigodryas bifossatus The Reptile Database

The diet is varied. For example, Mastigodryas bifossatus is euryphagic, consuming a wide variety of prey items. A large part of its diet is made up of frogs, and it will also take various mammals, birds, lizards, and other snakes.


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There are about 11 or 12 species. There may be as many as 18 if certain subspecies are elevated to species status, as has been suggested.

Species include:

  • Mastigodryas amarali (L.C. Stuart, 1938)
  • Mastigodryas bifossatus (Raddi, 1820)
  • Mastigodryas boddaerti (Sentzen, 1796)
  • Mastigodryas bruesi Barbour, 1914
  • Mastigodryas cliftoni (Hardy, 1964)
  • Mastigodryas danieli Amaral, 1935
  • Mastigodryas dorsalis (Bocourt, 1890)
  • Mastigodryas heathii (Cope, 1876)
  • Mastigodryas melanolomus (Cope, 1868)
  • Mastigodryas moratoi Montingelli & Zaher, 2011
  • Mastigodryas pleei (A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854)
  • Mastigodryas pulchriceps (Cope, 1868)
  • Mastigodryas sanguiventris (Taylor, 1954)
  • Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Mastigodryas.

    The species, Mastigodryas reticulatus (W. Peters, 1863), has been returned to its original name, Herpetodryas reticulata W. Peters, 1863.


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