from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous, widely distributed, chiefly nonvenomous snakes of the family Colubridae, which includes the king snakes, garter snakes, and water snakes.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubridae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any snake in the family Colubridae, completely covered in scales and mostly nonvenomous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any member of a large family (Colubridae) of mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A snake of the family Colubridæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes


From New Latin Colubridae, family name, from Latin coluber, colubr-, snake.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin coluber ("snake"). (Wiktionary)


  • The Eastern Arc Mountains and Southern Rift are home to more than 35 of these endemic species, including eight species of chameleons (six Chamaeleo and two Rhampholeon), three species of worm snakes (Typhlops), and six species of colubrid snakes.

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  • A new species of the colubrid genus Dendrelaphis Boulenger 1890 is described.

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  • The small colubrid snakes of the genus Rhabdophis have a shady past in the pet trade.

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  • But the limited information suggests that the critically endangered turtle Pelochelys cantorii, the geckos Gehyra lacerata and Gekko petricolus, the agamid lizard Ptyctolaemus phuwuanensis, the two skinks Isopachys borealis and Lygosoma koratense, the earth snake Typhlops khoratensis, and the colubrid snake Oligodon hamptoni are ecoregional endemics.

    Central Indochina dry forests

  • The single endemic colubrid (Liophis perfuscus) has a very restricted distribution in the hilly, extreme east central portion of the island which is relatively mongoose free and not affected by sugar cane production.

    Windward Islands xeric scrub

  • The strictly endemic reptiles include ten species of chameleons (seven Chamaeleo and three Rhampholeon), three species of worm snakes (Typhlops), and six species of colubrid snakes in four genera.

    Eastern Arc forests

  • Of course, the entire colubrid group is a garbage can containing everything but the kitchen sink.

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  • The systematic status of the colubrid snake, Leptodeira discolor Günther.

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  • Other popular species are the colubrid snake, veiled chameleon and crested gecko.

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  • ‘Death by piercing’ isn’t limited to big snakes – Klauber (1982) reported that horned toads Phrynosoma may kill snakes that try to swallow them (the lizard’s horns perforate the snake’s throat) and Ramírez-Bautista and Uribe (1992) described the case of a Lyre snake Trimorphodon biscutatus (a terrestrial colubrid) that died after the spiny tail scales of a Spiny-tailed iguana Ctenosaura pectinata pierced the snake’s stomach and oesophagus.

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