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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
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: Rhinocheilus
Species (3): R. antonii – R. etheridgei – R. lecontei

Rhinocheilus Baird & Girard, 1853: 120

Type species: Rhinocheilus lecontei Baird & Girard, 1853, by monotypy.

Primary references

Baird, S.F. & Girard, C. 1853. Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part 1.–Serpents. Smithsonian Institution: Washington. xvi + 172 pp. BHL Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2021. Rhinocheilus . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 23 June 2020.
Rhinocheilus – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Nasennatter
English: Long-nosed Snakes

Rhinocheilus is a genus of snakes, commonly called the long-nosed snakes, in the family Colubridae.[1] The genus is endemic to the western United States and Mexico.
Species and subspecies

The genus Rhinocheilus contains the following species and subspecies which are recognized as being valid.[2]

Rhinocheilus antonii Dugès, 1886
Rhinocheilus etheridgei Grismer, 1990 – Etheridge's long-nosed snake[3]
Rhinocheilus lecontei Baird & Girard, 1853 – long-nosed snake
Rhinocheilus lecontei lecontei Baird & Girard, 1853 – western long-nosed snake
Rhinocheilus lecontei tessellatus Garman, 1883 – Texas long-nosed snake


Bisby FA, Roskov YR, Orrell TM, Nicolson D, Paglinawan LE, Bailly N, Kirk PM, Bourgoin T, Baillargeon G, Ouvrard D, eds. (2011). "Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2011 Annual Checklist". Species 2000: Reading, UK. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
Genus Rhinicheilus at The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

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. (Rhinocheilus etheridgei, p. 86).

Further reading

Baird SF, Girard C (1853). Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part I.—Serpents. Washington, District of Columbia: Smithsonian Institution. xvi + 172 pp. (Rhinocheilus, new genus, p. 120).


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