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Dendrelaphis tristis

Dendrelaphis tristis (*)

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: Ahaetuliinae
Genus: Dendrelaphis
Species: Dendrelaphis tristis

Dendrelaphis tristis (Daudin, 1803)

Coluber tristis Daudin, 1803: 430
Dipsas schokari Kuhl, 1820 (part.)
Leptophis mancas Bell, 1825 (fide Smith, 1943)
Dendrophis maniar Boie, 1827 (fide Smith, 1943)
Dendrophis scandens Boie, 1827
Dendrophis chairecaeos Boie, 1827 (fide Smith, 1943)
Dendrophis chairecacos (fide Wall, 1921)
Chrysopelea boiei Smith, 1836 (fide Smith, 1943)
Dendrophis boii Cantor, 1839
Dendrophis pictus — Boulenger, 1890 (part.; fide Smith, 1943)
Dendrophis helena Werner, 1893 (fide Smith, 1943)
Dendrelaphis tristis — Boulenger, 1894: 88
Dendrelaphis tristis — Wall, 1921: 221
Dendrelaphis tristis — Das, 1996: 56
Dendrelaphis tristis — Rooijen & Vogel, 2008


Daudin, F. M. 1803. Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere des Reptiles. Vol. 6. F. Dufart, Paris.
Boulenger, George A. 1894. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London, xi, 382 pp.
Rooijen, J. van & Vogel, G. 2008. An investigation into the taxonomy of Dendrelaphis tristis (Daudin, 1803): revalidation of Dipsas schokari (Kuhl, 1820) (Serpentes, Colubridae). Contributions to Zoology, 77 (1) 33-43 (2008).
Dendrelaphis tristis at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 29 August 2008.

Vernacular names
বাংলা: বেত আছড়া
English: Daudin's Bronzeback

Dendrelaphis tristis (bronzeback or Daudin's bronzeback) is a species of tree-snake found in South Asia.

Dendrelaphis tristis is a long, slender snake with a pointed head and a bronze coloured line running right down its back. Its diet includes geckos, birds and occasionally frogs. This harmless snake prefers the tree tops to life on the ground. It is camouflaged (made invisible by means of protective coloring) among the leaves because of its uniform ruddy brown skin. This active snake is restless and quick, both on the ground as well as in the trees. Generally a lively and plucky snake, its disposition varies from one example to another. It is found in southern India and the Himalayan foothills. This oviparous (egg laying animal e.g. birds) snake lays its eggs between September and February. The 6–7 eggs in a clutch, or number of eggs laid at once, hatch 4–6 weeks after laying; that is, they have a gestation period of 4–6 weeks.

Boulenger, George A. 1890 The Fauna of British India, Including Bangladesh, Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp.
Daudin, F. M. 1803 Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere des Reptiles. Vol. 6. F. Dufart, Paris.


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