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Ratsnakes of the Genus Elaphe
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This website is intended to provide information about the different species in the genus Elaphe. At this point, the emphasis is on providing pictures of most species, subspecies, and color variations, but we intend to add more information about each species to their respective pages within the next few months or as time permits.

In the decision to include the new genera of Bogertophis, Gonyosoma, and Senticolis on this website and in the genus Elaphe, we have taken the "Monograph of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Elaphe Fitzinger" by Klaus-Dieter Schulz as an example (the authors of this website strongly recommend this book for every serious Elaphe enthusiast). In no way do we mean to discredit the work of the herpetologists who have spent numerous hours studying the new genera, but we feel that the revision, currently undertaken by the Zoological Museum at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, will hopefully shed more light on the taxonomy of the genus Elaphe. We are anxiously anticipating the results of that revision, and plan to update the website accordingly after it has been published.

 

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Updated on Monday, September 23, 2013