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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: Liopeltis
Species (8): L. calamaria – L. frenata – L. pallidonuchalis – L. philippina – L. rappi – L. stoliczkae – L. tiomanica – L. tricolor

Liopeltis Fitzinger, 1843

Type species: Cyclophiops doriae Boulenger, 1888, by original designation.

Primary references

Fitzinger, L. 1843. Systema Reptilium. Fasciculus primus. Amblyglossae. Braumüller et Seidel: Wien. vi + 106 pp. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Wall, Frank 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo Mus. (H. R. Cottle, govt. printer), Colombo. xxii, 581 pages.
Som, H.E., Grismer, L.L., Grismer, J.L., Wood, Jr., P.L., Quah, E.S.H., Brown, R.M., Diesmos, A.C., Weinell, J.L. & Stuart, B.L. 2020. A new Liopeltis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Colubridae) from Pulau Tioman, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 4766(3): 472–484. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4766.3.6 Paywall Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2021. Liopeltis . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 29 April 2020.

Vernacular names
English: Reed Snakes

Liopeltis is a genus of colubrid snakes. With species known from India and Southeast Asia.[1]

L. calamaria[1]
L. frenatus[1]
L. pallidonuchalis[1]
L. philippinus[1] is, as the name suggests, a native of the Philippines
L. rappi
L. stoliczkae[1]
L. tiomanica[1]
L. tricolor[1] (or Malayan ringneck) is the most widely distributed species in the genus, being found in Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Geographic range

India and Southeast Asia



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