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So, What is a Colulbrid?

Discussion in 'Colubrids *General*' started by Khorne, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Khorne

    Khorne Well-Known Member

    What does it mean? I assume it a classification based on behavior (Like a Constrictor), but what kind?
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    A colubrid is a family or grouping of snake species. In fact over half the species of snakes are referred to as colubrids. There really is no behavioral classification. In fact many colubrid species are more closely related to other species than they are to other colubrids.
  3. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    It used to be kind of a trash-can designation for snakes that didn't fit neatly into any other group. More recent study is revising it quite a bit.

    Generally speaking, colubrids are not heavy-bodied constrictors, (though some do still constrict their food.)

    Ratsnakes, cornsnakes, kingsnakes, milksnakes gertersnakes, etc. are all colubrids. Though the group does include some venomous snakes, most venomous snakes belong to other groups (such as Elapidae, Viperidae, etc)

    There is no broad definition yet. I have a feeling that future discoveries and research will rearrange it even more.

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