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Masticophis schotti

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis: Sarcopterygii
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: Masticophis
Species: Masticophis schotti
Subspecies: M. s. ruthveni – M. s. schotti

Masticophis schotti Baird & Girard, 1853

Type locality: USA (Texas).

Masticophis schotti Baird & Girard, 1853: 160
Masticophis taeniatus schotti — Gloyd & Conant, 1934
Masticophis taeniatus schotti — Conant & Collins, 1991: 188
Masticophis schotti — Camper & Dixon, 1994
Masticophis schotti — Crother, 2000: 66


Baird, S.F. and C. Girard. 1853: Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part 1.-Serpents. Smithsonian Inst., Washington, xvi + 172 pp.
Camper J.D. Dixon J.R. 1994: Geographic variation and systematics of the striped whipsnakes (Masticophis taeniatus complex; Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae). Annals of Carnegie Museum 63 (1): 1–48.
Conant, R. & Collins, J.T. 1991: A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin (Boston/New York), xx + 450 p.
Masticophis schotti at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 26 sep 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Schott's Whipsnake

Masticophis schotti, commonly known as Schott's whip snake, is a species of snake in the family Colubridae.

Geographic range

The species is found in United States in Texas and in western Mexico.[2] It lives up to an altitude of 2300 meters.[1]

Masticophis schotti ruthveni Ortenburger, 1923 – Ruthven's whip snake
Masticophis schotti schotti Baird & Girard, 1853 – Schott's whip snake


Its species name was given to it in honor of Arthur Schott.[2] The subspecies Masticophis schotti ruthveni is named in honor of Alexander Grant Ruthven.

Hammerson, G.A.; Lavin, P.; Mendoza-Quijano, F. (2007). "Masticophis schotti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2007: e.T63848A12721761. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T63848A12721761.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.

Masticophis schotti at the Reptile Database. Accessed 2020-06-06.

Original publications

Baird & Girard, 1853 : Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part 1.-Serpents. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, p. 1-172 (Full text).
Ortenburger, 1923 : A note on the genera Coluber and Masticophis and a description of a new species of Masticophis. Occasional papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 139, p. 1-14 (Full text).
Smith, 1941 : Notes on Mexican snakes of the genus Masticophis. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 31, No. 9, p. 388-398 (Full text).


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