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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: Elapoidea

Familia: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Boaedon
Species: Boaedon lineatus

Boaedon lineatus Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Boaedon lineatus. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 9 February 2020.

Vernacular names
English: Striped House Snake

Boaedon lineatus, the striped house snake, is a species of lamprophiid from throughout Africa. This species has a wide range stretching from Tanzania through Central Africa as far as Uganda. They are kept as pets with increasing regularity, often captured and exported for the pet trade. Until November 2010, this species was grouped in the genus Lamprophis, but a paper published by Kelly et al. reclassified this species in the genus Boaedon.[1]


This species is highly variable in appearance, their colour varying from deep black through light reddish brown and often greenish. Their eyes are large & 'bug-like' with vertically elliptical pupils. Stripes stretch from the rostral scale above the mouth through the eye to the rear of the head where they typically terminate. The species gains its name due to the thick, bold white/cream stripes which stretch laterally along the length of the body, these occasionally terminate after around two thirds of the body & may be broken or very pale. Uncommonly these stripes are totally absent. Striped house snakes are highly sexually dimorphic, females growing far larger than males, reaching lengths of around 100 centimetres (39 in) males generally smaller rarely exceeding 60 centimetres (24 in). As with all members in the genus Boaedon these snakes are highly iridescent, having an oil-on-water sheen in certain lights.
Behaviour and diet

In the wild, this species is known to frequent human habitation, opportunistically feeding on the rodents that gather around human waste. They are known to feed on chicks & small lizards also. They are known to breed year-round and, unlike in captivity, breed once per year. Hatchlings are usually around 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in length. These are nocturnal in nature and are known to occur at 1000 feet above sea level.
Boaedon lineatus showing red colouration typical of some localities.
In captivity

This species is increasingly more common in captivity with more individuals beginning to keep and breed them. They are often imported from Tanzania as Wild Caught or Captive Farmed individuals. No known genetically inheritable mutations are currently available. This species fares well in captivity, with some TLC they feed well on defrosted rodents & breed, laying 3–6 clutches of around 3–10 eggs per year. Care is basic & in time, as they become more readily available, this species should grow in popularity.

Kelly, C.M.R., et al. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae, Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis, Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya, Csiki 1903. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.11.010


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