Erythrolamprus bizona

Erythrolamprus bizona, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Erythrolamprus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Reptilia
Subclassis: Diapsida
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Colubroidea
Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Xenodontinae
Genus: Erythrolamprus
Species: E. bizona

Erythrolamprus bizona, the False Coral is a snake which is found in Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and on the island of Trinidad (in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago). Similar in pattern to a coral snake, this species probably gains protection through mimicry. It probably feeds mainly on other snakes and is often found in the leaf litter or burrowed in the soil in rain forests.
References

Boos, Hans E.A. (2001). The snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX.. ISBN 1-58544-116-3.
Goldberg, Stephen R. (01-May-2004). "Notes on reproduction in the false coral snakes, Erythrolamprus bizona and Erythrolamprus mimus (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Costa Rica". The Texas Journal of Science (Texas Academy of Science) 56 (2): 171(4).

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