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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Crotaphopeltis
Species: Crotaphopeltis degeni

Crotaphopeltis degeni (Boulenger, 1906)

Type locality: Entebbe, Uganda.

Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.9.96-97.

Leptodira degeni Boulenger, 1906: 572
Crotaphopeltis degeni — Barbour & Amaral, 1927: 26
Crotaphopeltis degeni — Angenstein, 1996
Crotaphopeltis degeni — Rasmussen, 1997
Crotaphopeltis degeni — Chirio & Ineich, 2006


Boulenger, G.A. 1906. Additions to the herptetology of British East Africa. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 2: 570–572.
Barbour, T.;Amaral, A. D. 1927. Studies on African ophidia. Bulletin of the Antivenin Institute of America 1 (1): 1–3.
Chirio, Laurent and Ivan Ineich 2006. Biogeography of the reptiles of the Central African Republic. African Journal of Herpetology 55(1):23-59.
Crotaphopeltis degeni at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 25 August 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Yellow-flanked Snake

Degen's water snake (Crotaphopeltis degeni) is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa.


The specific name, degeni, is in honor of Swiss-born Edward J. E. Degen (1852–1922), who collected natural history specimens in Africa, and later worked as a taxidermist at the British Museum (Natural History).[2]
Geographic range

C. degeni is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.[1]

Species Crotaphopeltis degeni at The Reptile Database

Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Crotaphopeltis degeni, p. 67).

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1906). "Additions to the Herpetology of British East Africa". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1906 (2): 570–573. (Leptodira degeni, new species, p. 572, figures 97 a-c).
Rasmussen JB (1997). "On two little known African water snakes (Crotaphopeltis degeni and C. barotseensis)". Amphibia-Reptilia 18 (2): 191–206.


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