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SUBFAMILY Colubrinae - True Snakes

Spotted Bush Snakes and co.

This is a big sub-family with over 50 genera and some 300 species in total. The larger number, are found in Africa and are all very typically shaped snakes. None of them possess fangs and although most are grab and swallow eaters many are food specialists such as Mole Snakes, Slug Eaters, Shovel-Snouts, Jacksons’ Tree Snakes and Hooked-Nosed Snakes. 10 genera are found in our part of East Africa.

Flowered Racer
Platyceps florulentus keniensis
Flowered Racer

Smith's Racer
Platyceps brevis smithii
Smith's Racer

Tana Delta Smooth Snake
Meizodon krameri (coronatus)
Tana Delta Smooth Snake

Crowned Smooth Snake
Meizodon regularis
Crowned Smooth Snake

Semi-ornate Smooth Snake
Meizodon semiornatus
Semi-ornate Smooth Snake

Battersby's Green Snake
Philothamnus battersbyi
Battersby's Green Snake

Thirteen Scaled Green Snake
Philothamnus carinatus
Thirteen Scaled Green Snake

Slender Green Snake
Philothamnus heterolepidotus
Slender Green Snake

Green Water Snake
Philothamnus hoplogaster
Green Water Snake

Striped Bush Snake
Philothamnus macrops
Striped Bush Snake

Loveridge's Green Snake
Philothamnus nitidus
Loveridge's Green Snake

Spotted Bush Snake
Philothamnus punctatus
Spotted Bush Snake

Semi-variagated Bush Snake
Philothamnus semivariagatus
Semi-variagated Bush Snake

Black Lined Tree Snake
Hapsidorphrys Lineata
Black Lined Tree Snake

Western Jackson's Tree Snake
Thrasops jacksonii jacksonii
Western Jackson's Tree Snake

Eastern Jackson's Tree Snake
Thrasops jacksonii schmidti
Eastern Jackson's Tree Snake

Mt Elgon Tree Snake
Rahmnophis aethiopissa
Mt Elgon Tree Snake

Peter's Hook-nosed Snake
Scaphiophis albopunctatus
Peter's Hook-nosed Snake

Ethiopian Hook-nosed Snake
Scaphiophis raffreyi
Ethiopian Hook-nosed Snake

Central African Shovel Snout
Prosymna ambigua bolagii
Central African Shovel Snout

Ruspoli's Southern Shovel Snout
Prosymna ruspolii keniensis
Ruspoli's Southern Shovel Snout

East African Shovel Snout
Prosymna stuhlmanni
East African Shovel Snout

Mole Snake
Pseudaspis cana
Mole Snake

Abyssinian Slug Eater

Duberria lutrix abyssinica

Abyssinian Slug Eater