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Erythrolamprus bizona, Photo: Michael Lahanas

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: Dipsadidae
Subfamilia: Xenodontinae
Genus: Erythrolamprus
Species: Erythrolamprus bizona

Erythrolamprus bizona Jan, 1863

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Erythrolamprus bizona. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
Powney, G., Lewis, S., Sears, J., Wren, S., Milligan, H.T., Vargas Álvarez, J., Saborío, G., García Rodríguez, A., Batista, A., Ballesteros, E., Acosta Chaves, V., De Silva, R., Wearn, O.R., Zamin, T., Wilson, P., Lintott, P., Caicedo, J., Gutiérrez-Cárdenas, P. & Rivas, G. 2016. IUCN: Erythrolamprus bizona (Least Concern). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T176805A1447602. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T176805A1447602.en

Vernacular names
español: Double-banded Coral Snake Mimic

Erythrolamprus bizona, commonly known as the double-banded false coral snake, is a species of colubrid snake, which is endemic to northern South America and Central America.

Geographic range

It is found in Colombia, Venezuela,[3] Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama,[2] and on the island of Trinidad (in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago).

Similar in pattern to a coral snake, this species probably gains protection through mimicry.

It probably feeds mainly on other snakes.

It is often found in the leaf litter or burrowed in the soil in rain forests.
Symbiotic relationship

It burrows primarily near the Pouteria caimito, commonly known as the abiu, a tropical fruit tree, the nutrients of which supply the snake's clutch of eggs. In turn the tree is fertilized by the snake's urine and embryotic fluid.

ITIS (Integrated taxonomic Information System).
The Reptile Database.

Freiberg, M.A. 1982. Snakes of South America. T.F.H. Publications. Hong Kong. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Erythrolamprus bizona, p. 98.)

Further reading

Boos, Hans E.A. (2001). The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. Texas A&M University Press. College Station, Texas. xvi + 328 pp. ISBN 1-58544-116-3.
Goldberg, Stephen R. (2004). "Notes on reproduction in the false coral snakes, Erythrolamprus bizona and Erythrolamprus mimus (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Costa Rica". The Texas Journal of Science. Texas Academy of Science. 56 (2): 171–174.
Jan G. 1863. Enumerazione sistematica degli ofidi appartenenti al gruppo Coronellidae. Arch. Zool. Anat.Fisiol. 2 (2): 213–330. (Erythrolamprus aesculapii [var.] bizona, pp. 314–316.)


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