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Toxicodryas blandingii 112558647 (cropped)

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: Toxicodryas
Species: Toxicodryas blandingii

Toxicodryas blandingii (Hallowell, 1844)

Dipsas Blandingii Hallowell, 1844: 170
Dipsas fasciatus Fischer, 1856 (fide Hallermann, 1998: 202)
Disas valida Fischer, 1856: 87
Dipsas globiceps Fischer, 1856: 89
Toxicodryas blandingii — Hallowell, 1857: 60
Boiga blandingii — Schmidt, 1923: 103
Toxicodryas blandingii — Meirte, 1992: 110
Toxicodryas blandingii — Trape & Roux-Estève, 1995: 40
Boiga blandingii — Broadley, 1998
Toxicodryas blandingii — Rödel et al., 1999
Boiga blandingii — Hughes, 2000
Boiga blandingii — Gossmann et al., 2002
Toxycodryas [sic] blandingii — Trape & Mané, 2002
Boiga blandingii — Pauwels et al., 2004
Toxicodryas blandingii — Trape & Mané, 2006


Hallowell, E. 1844. Description of new species of African reptiles. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 1844: 169–172.
Schmidt, K. P. 1923. Contributions to the herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part II. Snakes, with field notes by Herbert Lang and James P. Chapin. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 49 (1): 1–146.
Trape, J.-F. & Mane, Y. 2006. Guide des serpents d’Afrique occidentale. Savane et désert. [Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger]. IRD Editions, Paris, 226 pp.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2021. Toxicodryas blandingii. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 7 September 2021.

Vernacular names
English: Blandings Tree Snake

Toxicodryas blandingii, commonly known as Blanding's cat snake or Blanding's tree snake, is a species of rear-fanged venomous snake of the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa.


The specific name, blandingii, is in honor of William Blanding (1772–1857), an American physician and naturalist.[2]
Geographic range

T. blandingii is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.[1]

T. blandingii is oviparous.[1]

Species Toxicodryas blandingii at The Reptile Database

Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Boiga blandingii, p. 27).

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Dipsadomorphus blandingii, pp. 77–78).
Hallowell E (1844). "Descriptions of New Species of African Reptiles". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 2: 169–172. (Dipsas blandingii, new species, pp. 170–171).
Spawls S, Howell K, Hinkel H, Menegon M (2018). Field Guide to East African Reptiles, Second Edition. London: Bloomsbury Natural History. 624 pp. ISBN 978-1472935618. (Toxicodryas blandingii, p. 511).


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